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Legislature Should Approve Dental Therapists

Legislature Should Approve Dental Therapists

For the second legislative session in a row North Dakota lawmakers have been engaged in a debate over licensing dental therapists. The therapists would be trained professionals who can perform a limited number of tasks some of which are currently only allowed to be performed by dentists. Things like tooth extractions, for instance. The argument

Dr. Brent Holman: Dental Therapy Is an Unproven Solution for Dental Care Access

Two years ago, North Dakota legislators were asked to approve the addition of a dental therapist model to the state’s dental community. Out-of-state proponents of the model claimed dental therapists would expand access to care in the state. Legislators disagreed, and resoundingly defeated the bill because there was limited evidence to suggest that dental therapy