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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

Michael Hamilton: Dental Therapists Would Fill North Dakota’s Care Cavity

North Dakota’s dentistry laws have a cavity legislators can easily fill in 2017. State lawmakers should seize the opportunity this legislative session to expand access to oral health care for underserved patients by allowing dentists to hire midlevel practitioners termed “dental therapists.” They can do this by passing House Bill 1256. More than 66,000 North

Michael Hamilton: Time for North Dakota to End Dental Therapy Prohibition

There was standing room only by 8:40 a.m. in a North Dakota House Human Services Committee hearing that started on January 18 at 9:00 a.m. and ran past noon, more than 90 minutes overschedule, as experts made their cases for and against a bill to allow midlevel providers called dental therapists to practice in the