Flashcards in Session 12 Deck (18):
Dental Therapists were originally called ______.
school dental nurse
What are the typical services provided by a dental therapist?
- Examination, diagnosis and treatment planning
- Exposing and interpreting radiographs
- Oral health education and preventive services
- Restoration of primary/permanent teeth with amalgam or composite
- Pulpotomies and stainless steel crowns
- Simple extractions (primary teeth only)
True or False? Vocational training of 2-3 years (diploma or certificate) is the norm in most nations for dental therapists.
Today _____ nations utilize dental nurses/therapists.
What population do most dental nurses/therapists serve?
children in school-based programs
True or False? Some dental nurses/therapists serve in community health centers, hospitals, or mobile vans.
True or False? Practice acts in different nations emphasize oversight and/or supervision by a dentist and in school settings, supervision is often provided by a “government dentist” who may or may not be on site.
True or False? Numerous descriptive studies suggest that quality of technical care is not comparable to dentists (although, quality of the science is generally the same) .
False. Numerous descriptive studies suggest that quality of technical care is at least comparable to dentists (although, quality of the science is generally limited).
What is the primary driver for use of dental nurses/therapists?
reducing costs in public health settings
What are CDHCs?
Community Dental Health Coordinators
What was the reason for launching the CDHC training program?
It was in response to DHATs (Dental Health Aide Therapists)
What are the responsibilities of CDHCs?
- Increase awareness of oral health
- Connect at-risk patients to dental clinics
- Provide various preventive services (fluoride treatments and sealants)
- Establish “dental homes” for the public
What is the primary limitation of CDHCs?
lack of reimbursement for services – not clear how CDHC services can be billed and reimbursed by private insurance or Medicaid
_________ provide a safe and cost-effective way to provide relatively simple and straightforward dental care to underserved populations.
What is the scope of practice for DTs under supervision of a dentist?
- Basic restorative treatment for children and adults
- Extraction of primary teeth (permanent teeth for ADT)
True or False? Therapists typically practice among low-income, uninsured, or underserved populations, or in a dental health professional shortage area (DHPSA) setting .
What is the scope of practice for dental hygiene therapists?
variety of preventive and restorative services, as well as non-surgical extraction of primary and permanent teeth under direct supervision of dentist