ANCHORAGE - A two-year study shows that dental therapists are making a positive difference in remote Alaska Native villages where they practice.
The report released Tuesday comes from the nonprofit research group, RTI International of North Carolina. It says dental therapists in Alaska have been found to provide safe and competent care for underserved populations.
Advocates say states around the nation are looking at ways to improve access to dental care, including Alaska's dental therapist model, in place since 2006.
The RTI evaluation looked at five Alaska communities and the experience of hundreds of patients.
The study was funded by the Rasmuson Foundation, the Bethel Community Services Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.