Dentists oppose new job

Minnesota dentists have launched an advertising campaign opposing part of a legislative proposal to create a mid-level dental worker position that would not need direct dentist supervision.

“Minnesota dentists support the creation of this new position, but workers must be educated at an accredited dental school to be properly trained in surgical procedures, like pulling teeth,” said Lee Jess, president of the Minnesota Dental Association. “Furthermore, a dentist must be in the building to help out in case something goes wrong when these procedures are performed.”

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