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Early Impacts of Dental Therapists in Minnesota

February 1, 2014
By Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Board of Dentistry

This report shows how authorizing dental therapy in Minnesota resulted in increased access for previously uncared-for patients.

Health Care News reported in its November print issue:

Dental care increased in Minnesota after lawmakers authorized dental therapy in 2009. As of February 2014, the state had licensed 32 dental therapists, according to “Early Impacts of Dental Therapists in Minnesota,” a report to the legislature by the state’s Department of Health and Board of Dentistry.

Dental therapists at 15 clinics participating in the study served 6,338 new patients, 84 percent of whom were enrolled in a government-sponsored health insurance program, the report states.

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