ONE IN FOUR

Floridians live in areas designated by the
federal government as having a shortage of dentists.

ABOUT US

Floridians for Dental Access is a coalition made up of a wide variety local groups and organizations who see every day how vulnerable populations in our state struggle to be seen by a dentist. Together, we support bringing affordable dental care to these populations by authorizing dental therapists.

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THE PROBLEM

Sixty-three of 67 counties in Florida (94%) have at least one area with a shortage of dentists.

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THE CAUSE

Children and adults are much more likely to face overall health problems, and have much less chance for success.

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OUR SOLUTION

Dental therapists are a proven tool to help expand access and prevent this unnecessary spending.

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LATEST RESEARCH

The expansion of the dental team will enable dental therapists to bring care directly to people in schools, nursing homes, and other community settings. They are currently permitted in six US states and more than 50 countries.

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