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Note: This page was updated July 30, 2018, to reflect that Arizona has enacted a dental therapy law, and on Sept. 6, 2018, to clarify that the Oregon dental therapy tribal pilot was approved in 2016.

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Dental Therapists Can Provide Cost-Efficient Care in Rural Areas

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A recently released study from Minnesota shows that a dental therapist can be a cost-efficient member of a rural dental clinic’s team, with average daily billings only slightly lower than those of clinic dentists. The findings suggest that expanded use of these therapists can improve access to oral health care—as envisioned by state legislation adopted in 2009—while keeping costs down.