Mid-level dental providers: Innovation Washington Needs

by Dr. Alex Narvaez and John Stephens
December 26, 2012 - 10:18 am

It’s not often that you get a chance to see the future. Recently, however, we were invited on an educational trip to Alaska, where we saw the future of dental practice.

There, mid-level dental providers known as dental therapists are extending high-quality preventive and routine care to tens of thousands of people who otherwise wouldn’t have access.

We came home convinced this innovation is needed in Washington, where an overburdened dental care system is failing too many people who can’t get the dental care they need.

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