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North Dakota can learn from MN’s dental therapist licensing experience

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As North Dakota debates whether to license dental therapists — “dentistry’s physician assistants,” mid-level professionals who can fill cavities and do certain extractions and crowns — it can learn from Minnesota’s experience.

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Minnesota, after all, is the first state to license dental therapists. The law passed in 2009, and the first graduates from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s program got their degrees in 2011.

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