News by Topic: Oral health
Aug 9, 2019 - In the past 12 months Connecticut, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Michigan have passed laws allowing dental therapists to practice in a role similar to physician assistants in medicine. A total of 12 states now authorize dental therapy in some capacity.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Study: Rural Dentists Show Higher Awareness of Opioid Epidemic in Their Prescribing, and are in Good Positions to Fight it
Aug 8, 2019 - A new study found that rural and nonrural dentists prescribe about the same number of opioid pills, but rural dentists do so more often in combination with ibuprofen or acetaminophen and at lower dosages. Rural dentists are also more likely to suspect patients of drug abuse and to avoid prescribing opioids to them for that reason.
Source: Kentucky Health News
Jul 12, 2019 - Seneca Nation Health System and UB School of Dental Medicine are partnering to increase the number of Native American dentists. The program offers an internship to introduce Native Americans to dental careers. Currently, only .2% of dentists are Native Americans and only 16 of over 10,000 2019 dental school applicants were Native American.
Source: UB Now
HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas Federal Register
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