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Oregon’s Indian Tribes Experiment with New Mid-Level Dental Providers

Dental health aide therapists are trained to cover 50 procedures that a full dentist can do, helping poorly served native communities increase access. But the dental system in general is plagued by an approach that triages the symptoms of disease rather than preventing and eradicating tooth infections.

Oregon’s Indian tribes are testing a new mid-level dental provider -- a dental health aide therapist -- to close gaps to access that have long plagued the native community.

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