Tooth decay rates hold steady where midlevel providers practice

01/2/2013 | USA Today

Allowing specially trained midlevel providers to provide dental services does not influence rates of dental decay, according to a review of 18 studies in five locations where dental therapists provide care. The study, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, found that more extractions and fillings were performed in populations served by dental therapists, but overall levels of dental decay and disparities in oral health were unchanged.

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