Dentists oppose Maine expanded dental care bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — Dozens of dentists are expressing their opposition to a bill that supporters say would expand access to dental care in Maine.

The bill sponsored by North Berwick Democrat Mark Eves would establish a license for mid-level dental hygiene therapists to provide limited care. They would be allowed to pull teeth, place crowns, administer anesthesia and prescribe anti-inflammatories in consultation with a supervising dentist.

Eves says a lack of access to dental care in rural areas sends many people to emergency rooms, costing the state millions of dollars per year.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/Yhfoos ) reports about 100 dentists attended a hearing before the Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee on Thursday to oppose the bill. They say it is unnecessary and gives too much responsibility to the unqualified.

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Edward S Phillips 's picture

What did you expect

The Dentists are always against competition. It is not about providing care to them. They are for protecting their very high charges by limiting competition. How come Nurse Practitioners and and assistants are ok but not the equivilent in the dental system?
When I served on the Regularity Fairness Board the most complaints were about the Dental Board and how they treated any one who did not stay in line with them. Maine need choices to get decent dental care in all areas at a reasonable cost.

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