Workforce Models and Advanced Practice
In response to the access crisis, state policymakers, consumer advocates and oral health coalitions are pioneering innovations to extend the reach of the oral health care delivery system and improve oral health infrastructure. Among these innovations is the creation of a mid-level oral health provider to provide much needed restorative dental care to underserved populations.
In 2004, ADHA became the first national oral health organization to propose a new oral health provider, the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP) and the ADHP competencies were created. Since then, the American Dental Association and other oral health stakeholders have proposed workforce models and/or added to the existing literature about the need for new workforce models.