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News by Topic: Oral health

Jun 25, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on the Shortage Areas website and are current as of May 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2019 - The Indian Health Service developed new guidelines to reduce opioid prescriptions for dental pain. The guidelines were developed by pharmacists and dentists and include a decision tree for pain management.
Source: Indian Health Service
May 28, 2019 - Nevada's Senate passed a bill allowing dental therapists to perform routine dental procedures in certain public health settings, such as Rural Health Clinics, tribal clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, school-based clinics, and mobile dental units. The legislation is intended to help address oral health needs in rural, tribal, and underserved low-income communities.
Source: The Nevada Independent
May 15, 2019 - The University of North Carolina is offering teledentistry to help increase access to care in rural areas of the state. North Carolina ranks near the bottom of U.S. states in the number of dentists per capita.
Source: North Carolina Health News
May 1, 2019 - A community dental clinic in rural Maine received a Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan to help them purchase a larger facility to better serve their patients from the 11 surrounding counties. The small number of dentists in the state and their wide geographic distribution makes it difficult for Maine residents to access dental care.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture