ERIC Number: ED029081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Reports of Officers and Councils, 1967. Supplement 1.
American Dental Association, Chicago, IL.
Population and income growth, and a consistent trend toward better health care for all challenges the dental profession to enlarge its productivity by more than one-third. There is substantial evidence that a major resource for increasing the availability of dental health service lies in increased and better utilization of the services of auxiliaries who now support the 98,500 professionally active dentists in the country as follows: (1) There are approximately 116,000 full-time and 28,000 part-time auxiliaries, (2) Within the full-time work force, there are 81,400 chairside dental assistants, 9,700 dental hygienists, 4,300 dental laboratory technicians employed by dentists, and 27,000 dental laboratory technicians employed by commercial laboratories. Initial experimentation indicates that dental educators are competent to train auxiliaries to perform duties beyond those currently accepted as falling within their scope. The revision of state dental practice acts to encourage better utilization of auxiliaries is recommended. Included among appendixes is a state-by-state breakdown of permissible operations by dental hygienists. (JK)
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Authoring Institution: American Dental Association, Chicago, IL.