“We have to guarantee the safety of our patients,” she said.
In 2009, Minnesota became the first U.S. state to license a similar category called dental therapists. In Alaska, dental therapists have provided care to native tribes for the past decade.
A number of states are weighing similar laws including New Hampshire, where a hearing was held this month on a bill allowing dental therapists.
The Massachusetts bill has been referred to the Legislature’s Committee on Public Health. No hearing date has been set.