Oral Health Outcomes for Alaska Native Communities Served by Dental Therapists Better Than for Those Without, Study Finds
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Where Dental Therapists Practiced, Alaska Native Children and Families Had Fewer Instances of Invasive Procedures and More Preventive Care Visits
Bethel, Alaska – Children had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care in Alaska Native communities served frequently by Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs) than residents in communities not receiving any DHAT services, according to a new study released by the University of Washington.
Yesterday, after a two-year wait, RTI International of Research Triangle Park, NC, released the results of a comprehensive medical evaluation that found that dental therapists practicing in Alaska provide safe, competent and appropriate dental care. This probably comes as no surprise to the hundreds of rural patients who have received care from a DHAT.
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