The Alaska Dental Therapist has increased access to preventive and restorative oral healthcare for over 35,000 citizens of Alaska's remote, rural communities.
Dental therapists work in over 50 countries worldwide, from New Zealand to Nepal to the United Kingdom, and have been providing quality preventive and restorative services to their patients for nearly 100 years. As part of a community-driven solution, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium introduced the first successful dental therapist workforce in the United States.
Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs) are trained in Alaska according to a proven worldwide model: a two-year, post-high school competency-based primary care curriculum, incorporating innovative preventive and clinical strategies.
A recent study of Alaska's dental therapists finds they are providing effective, highest quality oral healthcare in the Alaska communities where they live and serve.