Center for Rural Health Releases New Oral Health Resources

May 17, 2017

The Center for Rural Health has completed an assessment of North Dakota dentists’ perceptions of a variety of dental care access solutions.

During the 2015 North Dakota legislative session, a bill was proposed to license a new type of dental provider, a dental therapist (DT). The legislation did not pass, however, the senate called for additional studies of oral health workforce solutions. In 2017, the North Dakota Legislature again proposed a bill that would license DTs, but the billed failed in the house.

In response to the recent legislation, the Center for Rural Health developed a survey to assess North Dakota dentists’ knowledge of, support for, and the willingness to participate in nine proposed dental care access solutions.

Access the products online to learn more about how dentists’ support and participation in access models are impacted by geography, practice setting, and perceived busyness. The study was completed with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts.