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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Advocacy Day! Now is the time to bring Dental Therapists to Ohio! #FillTheGap
Yesterday, dozens of advocates from across the state gathered in Columbus to meet with lawmakers and to call for more dental providers. Many of the advocates are from Ohio’s 84 Dental Health Professional Shortage areas, where there are simply not enough dentists to meet the needs in the community.
“One measure of good oral health care is access to dental professionals. On this measure Ohio is failing,” said David Maywhoor, project director of Dental Access Now!. “We have communities that have no dentists. We have communities where there are no dentists who serve Medicaid patients and our safety net clinics have long waiting lists. The need for care is simply greater than Ohio’s current dental workforce.”