On November 17, 2010, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced that it will invest more than $16 million by 2014 in its Dental Therapist Project, primarily focusing its efforts in Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont and Washington. The project is based on the controversial Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist which allows someone who has taken a two year course in New Zealand and 400 hours of education in the United States to perform unsupervised dental surgery on patients. The purported goal of the program is to address undeserved communities with "dental therapists" instead of dentists. This program is dangerously irresponsible and is likely to erode the quality of care for dentistry as a whole.
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