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Oral Health

Oral health is increasingly recognized as an important aspect of an individual’s overall health. Oral health care providers consist of a diverse array of dental care, primary care, and specialty care professionals. Oral health care faces many challenges including insurance coverage, diversity, integration with other health services, and the geographic maldistribution of providers.

Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Timothy Bates | Aubri Kottek | Matthew Jura | Miranda Werts | Bradley Munson | Marko Vujicic

Topics: Education and Training, Oral Health

September 27, 2022
This article examines the individual, educational, community, and policy factors that predict whether postgraduate dental (PGD)-trained dentists serve Medicaid children, accept new Medicaid patients, or work in an FQHC.
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Authors: Timothy Bates | Matthew Jura | Miranda Werts | Aubri Kottek | Bradley Munson | Marko Vujicic | Elizabeth Mertz

Topics: Education and Training, Oral Health

September 27, 2022
This article examines the individual, institutional, and policy factors that predict the pursuit of postgraduate dental (PGD) training.
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Authors: Margaret Langelier | Simona Surdu | Ellen O'Malley

Topics: Emerging Models and Innovations, Oral Health

June 14, 2022
This report describes the results from 2 surveys on the dental therapy workforce at Apple Tree Dental’s centers and programs: 1) clinician and administration satisfaction and 2) patient satisfaction with their clinical providers, making comparisons across provider type.
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Authors: Elani Hawazin | Elizabeth Mertz | Ichiro Kawachi

Topics: Oral Health, Policy

April 13, 2022
This article assesses the changes in dental care use in Minnesota after the implementation of the policy to authorize dental therapists in 2009.
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Authors: Enihomo Obadan-Udoh | Matthew Jura | Shen Wang | Miranda Werts | Robert Martiniano | Ulrike Muench | Elizabeth Mertz

Topics: Medicaid, Oral Health

February 9, 2022
This article discusses a study of adult Medicaid beneficiaries using administrative claims data from New York (NY) and Oregon (OR) (2014-2016) to examine opioid Rxs associated with nonsurgical dental visits.
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