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:

Michigan Oral Health Coalition Annual Conference

October 11-12, 2021


Among many other timely and engaging topics, see "Dental Therapy is Here: New Opportunities for Michigan's Oral Health Workforce"! Speakers include Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, DDS, Dental Director of Thunder Bay Community Health Services and Christy Jo Fogarty, ADT, RDH of Children's Dental Services.

Dental Therapy: A Career Ladder for Dental Hygienists

September 28, 2021


Misty Davis, RDH, BS will discuss how dental therapy will change the oral health workforce and provide career advancement opportunities for Michigan dental hygienists 

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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