With many Americans struggling to gain access to affordable dental care, the oral health crisis in the U.S. has grown out of control. This has caused many health officials to call for change in the dental system, yet many people still remain unsure of what the answer is that will fix this major problem. Recently, the Wichita Business Journal reported that a number of of Kansas City dental educators, care providers and community organizers recently met up and discussed what they believe will improve access to dental care in the U.S.
According to the news source, the group called for what many people both inside and outside of the dental health community have been calling for. Namely, the expanded use of dental students and oral care assistants. The belief is that if these individuals were allowed to perform a wider range of services, then more people would gain access to dental care.
However, not everyone in the dental health community is onboard with this plan. According to a 2011 poll conducted by The Wealthy Dentist, four out of five dentists surveyed do not support expanding the role of hygienists as independent practitioners.
For now, individuals who want to see a dentist at a reduced cost should look into discount dental plans to help them get the care they need.
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