Recently the Chicago Dental
Society received word that two dental associations are
positioning themselves at the forefront of the controversy over
Earlier this week, the American
Association of Public Health Dentistry announced that the W. K.
Kellogg Foundation and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation were funding
a grant to develop a two-year, post-secondary school curriculum for
The project will be headed by Dr. Caswell Evans, Chairman of a
related Kellogg Foundation Advisory Committee, and Associate Dean
Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the UIC College of
Dentistry, and will also encompass curriculum changes within
dental schools so that dentists will be able to supervise dental
therapists, educational settings in which to deliver training to
dental therapists, the path for career development and skill
advancement, and licensure and accreditation issues.
DrBicuspid.com (registration required) reported that the Connecticut State Dental Association
(CSDA) was backing a pilot program to bring dental health aide
therapists into the state. In November of last year, the CSDA House
of Delegates voted to set up a demonstration project, which will
take two years to establish.
The organization wants to investigate whether dental therapists
could improve access to care, particularly for school
Academy of General Dentistry and Connecticut Dental Hygienists'
Association have both sharply criticized the plan.
CSDA president Bruce Tandy, DMD, says, "We're trying to take
control of the issue before someone else takes control of it for