As Maine expands dental care entry, UNE will prepare extra dentists

As Maine expands dental care entry, UNE will prepare extra dentists

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Nicole Kimmes is the interim dean of the College of New England School of Dental Drugs. 

Final week, Maine joined 19 different states when it expanded Medicaid protection to dental care, making practically 1 / 4 million extra Mainers eligible for preventive and routine oral well being companies. However whilst entry to care is being expanded, Maine continues to face a scarcity of licensed dentists, which means that truly being seen by a dentist will nonetheless be tough for a lot of Mainers. Responding to this problem continues to be the animating drive behind the work of the College of New England School of Dental Drugs, which is able to start admitting extra college students subsequent 12 months.  

UNE’s School of Dental Drugs was launched to handle the getting old dental workforce and the pressing have to construct a pipeline of well-trained dentists to serve Maine and northern New England. In 2010, Maine voters permitted a $5 million bond bundle to assist broaden dental clinics in Maine, with $3.5 million going to UNE to determine a dental faculty. On the time, labor projections indicated that extra dentists could be retiring than new graduates could be getting into the workforce by 2014. At this time, regardless of small positive factors, Maine nonetheless faces a dramatic have to construct its dentist pipeline. In line with the Bureau of Well being Workforce Well being Assets and Providers Administration on the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers, Maine presently has 93 dental well being skilled scarcity areas with a complete inhabitants of 373,553 folks. With the intention to meet the necessity for dental care in these geographic areas, we want 58 extra practitioners accessible and in a position to see sufferers.

As Maine expands dental care access, UNE will train more dentists