Dental therapists not free market solution to dental woes

When healthcare reform is invoked in politics, there’s one area left out too often: our teeth. According to the CDC, only 64 percent of adults had a dental appointment last year. In Broward County, 19 percent of adults didn’t see a dentist in 2017 because of cost. That’s appalling. And in more rural parts of the country, dentists are hard to find. It’s a worrying situation and one that Florida lawmakers should address. One proposed solution is the idea of midlevel providers called dental therapists. But they miss the mark. Dental therapists, unlike dentists, require less training and education, and could presumably offer their services […]