Dental care in the U.S. is suffering from a “decline in quality,” according to the Association of American Dental Hygienists.
The group is sponsoring a meeting this week in Dallas, Texas, where it is expected to lay out recommendations for the future of care for the nation’s dentists.
The meeting, which takes place this week, will explore ways to support dentists, dentists’ assistants, dental therapists, dentistry schools and the broader dental workforce in the wake of a federal ban on dental work by U.K. citizens.
The American Dural Association (ADA) is the nations largest dental association.
ADA’s meeting in Dallas is a chance for members to address issues such as how to provide dental care in a global environment, and to discuss how to create new models of care.
The ADA’s mission is to provide dentists with the best and most effective dental care possible, said ADA President and CEO Robert B. Stelzer.
“The ADA does not only advocate for its members, it also promotes the health and well-being of all Americans, and that is something we strive to do.”
Dental care is becoming a more and more important area for the dental profession, Stelzer said.
He expects the 2020 census will show that about a third of Americans, or around 10 million people, are either in need of dental services or are working to get dental work done.
The number of U.C.L.A. students enrolled in dental programs is also increasing, and they are more likely to have dental work performed by a dentist than in other parts of the country, St.elzer said.
The dental profession’s need for dental care is so great, he said, that dental school graduates need to start working at least once a week to meet the demand.
The association is also looking to improve care delivery.
“Dental students and students with other health conditions are being asked to fill out a form and get the same service from a dentist, which is not a sustainable practice,” Stelzing said.
“In the U-K, dental care for children is not covered, so we are doing things like requiring the student to pay for a toothbrush and to bring the toothbrush home.
This is something that is being addressed and a priority.”
The dental association is calling for a change in the way U.D. is paying for dental services.
“I think we need to look at dental school fees,” said ADA president and CEO Tom Gorman.
“If the UDCs fee system does not reflect the level of care we provide, then we are going to be losing patients.”
Ds dental school system, which has faced criticism for not keeping up with the demand for services, recently agreed to raise fees for the 2020-21 school year by 10 percent.
The association hopes to keep the new fee structure in place for 2021, as well.
“The dental students are going through a tough time,” St.enzer said, and the dental student union is planning a strike at the end of the year.
“We are hoping to be able to negotiate the new dental fee system.”