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Oregon on Verge of Getting a New Type of Dentist

June 30, 2021
by Kristian Foden-Vencil, OPB


Oregon is about to get a new type of dentist.

A bill to create “dental therapists” has passed Oregon’s House and Senate, and Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign it.

“This is a great day for the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who can’t get access to basic dental care, because they can’t afford it or they live in rural or other areas with very few dentists,” said Rep. Tawna Sanchez, D-North and Northeast Portland, the primary sponsor of the bill.

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