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ODA opposes new legislation to create dental therapist; dentists should attend ODA Day at the Statehouse

by ODA Staff
ODA Today

Attendees at the 2016 ODA Day at the Statehouse meet with legislators. This year's Day at the Statehouse will be April 26 in Columbus.

Legislation to create a dental therapist in Ohio has been introduced in the Ohio Senate. The Ohio Dental Association strongly opposes Senate Bill 98, which is sponsored by Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati).

“Allowing undertrained individuals to perform irreversible surgical procedures puts Ohio’s most vulnerable patients at risk,” said ODA President Dr. Kevin Laing, a general dentist from Van Wert. “Dental therapists would have just three years of training post high…

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