On the pediatric oral health therapist: lessons from Canada

J Public Health Dent. Winter 2008;68(1):53-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2007.00067.x.


Objectives: To review the development of dental therapy in Canada.

Methods: Historical review.

Results: Over its 35-year history in Canada, this model of service delivery experienced a period of great success, but has since degraded, not fulfilling its potential.

Conclusions: To ensure the success of the paediatric oral health therapist, US policy leaders will need to mitigate the challenges that degraded the viability of this form of service provision in Canada.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Child
  • Dental Auxiliaries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Dental Care for Children*
  • Humans
  • Workforce