Florida is in the midst of a dental access crisis. There are too few dentists to go around, especially in rural, hard-to-reach and low-income communities. As a result, oral health suffers.
Although dentists have been stepping up to provide more pro bono services, it’s still not enough. There are 24 counties in Florida with a population-to-dentist ratio greater than 3,000 to one.
And while Florida is far from the only state experiencing a shortage in dentists, we are not yet among those addressing the problem through dental therapy, an effective, safe and innovative solution proven to help increase access to care for underserved populations.