Michigan can now license dental therapists!


As gaps in the oral health workforce are filled by dental therapists, we will see

more providers in underserved areas


fewer barriers to dental care for those who need it most

Dental Therapy Basics: What are Dental Therapists and Why do we Need Them?

Access to Care



How will dental therapists reduce barriers for vulnerable populations?


Scope of Practice


What services can dental therapists provide?


Practice Settings



Where can dental therapists work?




What does it take to become a dental therapist?

Check out this fun video about dental therapy from our partners at Pew Charitable Trusts: 

What is a Dental Therapist?

Learn More abut Dental Therapy at these Upcoming Events:

2022 American Dental Therapy Annual Meeting

October 18, 2022, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET


Dental therapists, students, and allies, please join the American Dental Therapy Association for a virtual annual meeting!

Sessions will include:

  • National and state updates
  • Dental therapy education updates
  • HRSA report on dental therapy education
  • Modern community-centric care with noninvasive caries therapy
  • Affirming and welcoming clinical environments


Michigan Dental Assistants' Association Fall Seminar

Saturday, November 5, 2022

The MDAA is happy to provide the following CE course for area dental
professionals with support from the Genesee District Dental Assistants
Society. A percentage of the profits from this program will be designated
as a fundraiser for the Dental Assisting Student Club at Mott College.
Please join us for a wonderful day of CE and Fellowship as we provide
education to meet your license renewal requirements.To reserve your seat, you may email Lori Barnhart at SLSBARN@LENTEL.com. Registration is $50 for half day, $100 for whole day.


Morning sessions: 3 CE

  • Ethics/Jurisprudence: James Cantwil, DDS
  • Dental Therapy Review: Misty Davis, RDH, BS
  • Dental Hygiene Review: Martha Morgan, RDH, MS, MA
  • Dental Assisting Review: Mindy Schlaud, CDA, RDA, BA


Afternoons session: 3 CE

  • Infection Control Update and Emerging Diseases: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA



Michigan Dental Therapy Office Hours

Michigan dental therapy expert Misty Davis, RDH, will hold Dental Therapy Office Hours two Fridays per month from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST (times may vary occasionally). All are welcome to bring questions about becoming, employing, working with, or learning about dental therapists! To receive the Zoom link and updates regarding shedule changes, please sign up for our MI Dental Access mailing list below.


                                                 Upcoming Office Hours:

                                          ~October 7th: CANCELLED

                                          ~ October 28th, 12-1:00

                                                                                         ~ November 4th, 12-1:00

                                                                                         ~November 18th, 11-12:00

                                                                                         ~December 2nd, 12-1:00

                                                                                         ~December 16th, 12-1:00 



About MI Dental Access Coalition

The Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health (MCMCH) and its partners are working to further evidence-based, cost effective policy solutions to improve access to oral health services. To learn more about our work, visit the About Us page

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