Dental hygienists and therapists have been empowered by legislators in Canada, the UK and increasingly in the US to deliver dental services outside of the dental practice. There has been a boom in independent hygiene and this will only grow as patients seek more affordable preventive care. In the UK, for example, the reformed National Health Service depends on far more hygienists and therapists than it does dentists.
Have a look at this video and the emerging role of mid-level providers in the US. While the video’s therapist focuses on children’s dentistry, older adults are equally if not more needy and wanting of this affordable preventive care. They are commonly uninsured, on fixed incomes, and experiencing more decay and gum disease than any other group in the community. In short, a huge unmet need.
For more information, please visit: http://partnersinprevention.ca/mid-level-dental-providers-affordable-accessible-dental-care-for-an-aging-high-risk-community/.
By: Ross Perry
SOURCED: Partners In Prevention – http://partnersinprevention.ca