Oral Health Advocates Say Dental Therapists Could Ease Shortages

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The Oregon Dental Association remains skeptical about such an approach
December 20, 2010 -- Oral health advocates, bolstered by favorable national reports on dental therapists, told legislators that training and deploying mid-level providers could help ease the shortage of providers. But the Oregon Dental Association (ODA) remains skeptical of any legislation to c

Dental Therapists Could Help Expand Care

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The findings indicate that the dental health aide therapist program in Alaska can help expand the reach of dentists

November 4, 2010  – Dental therapists with two years of intensive training provide safe, competent, appropriate dental care, according to an independent evaluation of a program in Alaska designed to expand access to dental care.

Despite Shaky Finances, Children’s Dental Clinic Re-Opens

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The clinic, which provided basic dental services to 1,500 low-income students last year, is run by the Multnomah Dental Society
September 20, 2010 -- After a summer hiatus, the Creston Children’s Dental Clinic celebrated a grand reopening ceremony on Sept. 13, but its finances still remain shaky.

Oregon Dental Association Offers Free Clinic

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The event will be held Nov. 22-23 at the Oregon Convention Center and is expected to draw 2,000 participants
August 18, 2010 -- The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) is organizing the state’s first Mission of Mercy, a two-day clinic providing free dental care to uninsured children and adults.

New Dental Therapy Program Could Ease Shortage

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But the Oregon Dental Association remains critical of the effort despite its success in Minnesota and Alaska

May 19, 2010 -- Serious discussions are under way about creating a new category of dental care providers to deal with the impending shortage of dentists, similar to efforts in Minnesota and Alaska. But the Oregon Dental Association is raising red flags.  

Advantage Dental to Purchase Competitor

Two competing dental plans have taken off their crowns in the hope of building a bridge together

May 21, 2009 -- Advantage Dental Services led by Mike Shirtcliff, DMD, its president, has filed paperwork to purchase Hayden Family Dentistry Group, which is owned by Cedric Hayden, DDS. Both plans serve Oregon Health Plan clients.
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