Foundation launches website on dental therapy


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A foundation in the region has launched an online resource to educate the community about dental therapy.

The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation said last week it launched a website containing a library of articles, documents, infographics, interactive tools, interviews, podcasts, social media assets and videos from organizations and experts across the country that showcase how dental therapists can improve oral health.

Dental therapists provide education and dentist-supervised routine preventative and restorative care, freeing the dentist to do more advanced procedures.

The lower costs of dental therapists enable some clinics to expand capacity and more easily offer services to under-served patients, according to the foundation.

The foundation said dental therapy is practiced in more than 50 countries and in Alaska, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington.

"We are excited to share this important wealth of knowledge on dental therapy, curated from the expertise of many grantees and partners who are dedicated to promoting oral health equity for children and families," said Patrick Simpson, director of food, health and well-being, W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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