Bill Sees Role For Dental Practitioners In Mass.

Associated Press
Paula Friedman, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Dental hygienists with advanced training could perform certain procedures now reserved for dentists, including routine fillings and tooth extractions, under a bill that supporters believe would improve access to oral health care for low-income Massachusetts residents and underprivileged children…

Expert quote:

“It clearly is a major change in the practice paradigm in oral health. I have real concerns about safety of the public from someone who has only had 18 months of postsecondary education. The reality is that many people feel four years of dental school is not enough to teach people what they need to know.”

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