THE SOLUTION.

  • Dental therapists are a proven tool to help expand access to dental care and prevent this unnecessary spending.

  • Like nurse practitioners and physician assistants routinely work with doctors, dental therapists will complete advanced education to be able to deliver routine preventive and restorative care under the supervision of a dentist.  

  • Dental therapists are currently permitted in 12 states and more than 50 countries.

  • Dental therapists have performed safely for more than 15 years.

  • Legalizing dental therapy in Florida will help increase access to communities that lack dental care.

  • Dental therapists have been shown to help dentists see more patients, decrease travel and appointment wait times, increase productivity, increase patient satisfaction and lower no-show rates. 

  • In Florida, dental therapists could work in a wide variety of settings, for example in rural areas and federally qualified health centers. Dental therapist could also work on mobile programs, serving children in schools, and seniors in nursing homes and assisted living centers. 

  • Dental therapists provide safe, high-quality care.

  • Dental therapists are trained on a limited scope of procedures to the same level as a dentist, and research shows that dental therapists provide high-quality care.

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