Good oral health is important for overall health, but over 5.5 million Floridians live in one of Florida’s 254 Dental Health Shortage Areas.
60% of Medicaid eligible kids did not receive any dental services in 2017. There are still about 1,703,804 Children on Medicaid not receiving any dental services in Florida.
Like nurse practitioners and physician assistants, dental therapists will be trained to deliver routine preventive and restorative dental care.
Dental therapists incentivize dentists to treat more people on Medicaid.
Dental therapists can deliver care in community-based settings long before someone reaches the emergency room.
Urge Florida lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 152 during the 2020 legislative session (Jan 14-March 13, 2020).
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