Kansas is facing a serious shortage in the dental work force. The Kansas Dental Project is a joint effort by Kansas Action for Children, the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved and the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition to find a cost-effective, business-minded solution to this problem.
By allowing Registered Dental Practitioners to work in Kansas, we can:
What is a Registered Dental Practitioner?
RDPs will be dental hygienists who obtain advanced education and training, pass a comprehensive clinical exam and work under a supervising dentist. They will provide routine and preventive care – like cleanings, fillings and some extractions, allowing dentists to focus on the more complicated procedures they are trained to do. RDPs will work in dental offices, safety-net clinics and community settings, such as nursing homes and schools. RDPs will always work under the direction of a dentist, much like how physicians and physician assistants work together.
Other states – and 52 other countries – are addressing dental workforce shortages by utilizing mid-level dental providers. Every study conducted on providers like RDPs shows they provide safe, quality care to patients.How is your county doing?