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Dental Therapy: A Free Market Healthcare Solution

Michael Jahr joined a panel of experts to discuss how expanding the dental therapy profession in Wisconsin would bridge the access gap for many individuals through use of free market principles.
February 15, 2022

Addressing Wisconsin’s Oral Care Shortage

Dental therapists could provide needed oral care to tens of thousands of poor and underserved Wisconsinites. In this episode of Free Exchange, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Matt Crespin, associate director of Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, discuss the dire shortage and explain how allowing dental therapy in Wisconsin could dramatically improve access to care. A broadly supported, bipartisan bill is currently hung up in the State Assembly.
February 2, 2022

Studies find correlation between good oral health and lower risk of severe COVID infection

Wisconsin, with one of the lowest rates of dental care in the country, can expand options by allowing dental therapists to practice
November 24, 2021

Filling a gap for the disadvantaged

Creating the dental therapy profession in Wisconsin would improve oral health for disadvantaged populations and create jobs without additional costs to taxpayers.
By Anne Trautner
June 23, 2021

A special need for dental care

Dental therapists could help address oral care shortage
By Anne Trautner
June 23, 2021

Policy Priorities: Dental Therapy

Helping all Wisconsinites gain access to quality dental care
By David Fladeboe and Julie Grace
March 2021

Dental therapists making a difference in Minnesota, a decade of data shows

Dentists see that adding the mid-level providers eases the care shortage, expands access and creates efficiencies
By Kevyn Burger
March 17, 2021

Dental therapy in Wisconsin

1.2 million Wisconsinites live in dental care shortage areas. Children, seniors, veterans & the disabled are most likely to lack access to oral care. Here’s a successful effort to provide dental care to underserved populations without relying on taxpayers.
November 13, 2019

Taking a bite out of the dental care access problem

Dental therapists in Minnesota help more low-income kids and adults get the oral care they need
By Kevyn Burger
October 15, 2019

Patients reap the benefits of dental therapy

I couldn't tell the difference from a regular dentist,' says satisfied patient
By Kevyn Burger
October 15, 2019

Where dental therapy is longer in the tooth

Expanding access: A decade of dental therapists in Minnesota
By Kevyn Burger
September 30, 2019

Dental Therapy Testimony

The creation of the dental therapy profession in Wisconsin through Senate Bill 89 would be an important step in improving access to and usage of dental care for disadvantaged and underserved populations in Wisconsin and potentially reducing negative economic and societal costs associated with poor oral health.
August 21, 2019

Dental therapy would provide access to the many Wisconsinites who lack dental care

Wisconsin is one of the worst-performing states in the country at providing dental care for disadvantaged kids.
By Julie Grace and Ken Taylor
August 20, 2019

Allowing dental therapists would increase access to oral health care

Wisconsin should join neighbors Minnesota and Michigan, and several other states, in authorizing the creation of these licensed mid-level professionals.
By Jason Hicks and Morris Kleiner
March 6, 2019

Dental Therapists

A solution to Wisconsin's costly dental access problem?
By Jason Hicks and Morris Kleiner
February 2019