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 MDTA Conference and Celebration Dinner: 10+1 Years of Dental Therapy in MN

September 17, 2022


Join the MN Dental Therapy Association as we host a day of Continuing Education, Networking and a Celebration Dinner.

We have a full day planned, join us to support MDTA and earn:
7 CE's: PACE certified provided by Elevate Oral Care
Doors open at 7:30 and Courses begins at 8 am
CE opportunity from fellow dental therapists and dental specialists along with educators from the dental field
Prize Drawings
Breakfast, Lunch and a Celebration Dinner
Fees discounted for existing MDTA members/students.


Advancing Health Equity With Dental Therapy

July 28, 2022

For more than 15 years, dental therapists have been working to improve access to oral care and increase health equity across the United States. They are currently permitted in 14 states and several Tribal nations. What have we learned about their role in the oral health industry?

Join the APHA Oral Health Section and CareQuest Institute for a robust conversation about the potential benefits and concerns of expanding dental therapy. Our expert panel — including a dental sociologist, an advocate, and representatives from organized dentistry and dental hygiene — will explore the legal, organizational, and educational frameworks for the occupation. They’ll also look at the impact on quality of care and potential improvements in access and patient outcomes.


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:

                                          ~ Aug 12th, 12-1:00

                                          ~ August 19th, 11-12:00

                                                                                         ~ September 9th, 12-1:00

                                                                                         ~ September 23rd, 12-1:00

                                                                                         ~ October 7th, 11-12:00

                                                                                         ~ October 28th, 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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