Seven States Now Allow Dental Therapists
Last week Arizona was officially the seventh state to pass a bill allowing the practice of dental therapists. Dental therapists are midlevel dental providers aimed at addressing the problem of access for many Americans. They have been operating in Alaska since 2004 and in Minnesota since 2011. Approximately 12 other states are considering laws that would allow dental therapists. There is much controversy surrounding midlevel providers in dentistry, creating questions of scope of practice, patient safety, and licensing requirements.