Dentists and Oral Health

With more than 20 years of expertise, Healthforce Center is at the forefront of research insights into the oral health workforce. Our studies include research on emerging models of oral health care, diversity in dentistry, and scope of practice.

Publications

Comparison of Dental Care Visits Before and After Adoption of a Policy to Expand the Dental Workforce in Minnesota

In this cross-sectional study of 2,613,716 adults, authorizing dental therapists was associated with an increase in dental care use among low-...

A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Opioid Prescriptions Associated with Nonsurgical Dental Visits Among Oregon and New York State Medicaid Beneficiaries, 2014-2016

Studies estimate that approximately one-third of all opioid prescriptions (Rxs) from dentists are associated with nonsurgical dental procedures,...

Dental Therapists in the United States: Health Equity, Advancing

Dental therapists (DTs) are primary care dental providers, used globally, and were introduced in the United States (US) in 2005.

Dental Public Health Post-Graduate Trainees in the US: Experiences, Challenges, and Opportunities—A Qualitative Study

The goal of this study was to explore challenges and opportunities that dental public health (DPH) residents and recent graduates experienced...

Advancing Health Worker Well-Being: Trends and Opportunities

Health systems are uniquely positioned to advance health equity in communities by ensuring that workers are well, resilient, and equipped to...