The MDA wanted you to be aware of a column that appeared last week in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the first graduating class of dental therapists. The columnist, Gail Rosenblum, starts by saying, “This is a big week for dental care in Minnesota, and maybe nationwide.” Her column goes on to explain how this new mid-level dental provider will help alleviate the dental access problem by providing care to thousands of uninsured Minnesotans. While it’s certainly known that there is an access problem and that innovative solutions are needed, the scope and multi-faceted nature of the problem is more than a group of eight new dental therapists can hope to alleviate.
In an attempt to explain the complexity of the barriers to care issue and the ongoing efforts of Minnesota dentists to address it, MDA President Dr. Timothy Flor submitted a letter to the editor . We hope the Star Tribune will run this response, but, in the likelihood that they do not, we wanted to share it with you here.
The MDA is also working to place another opinion-editorial written by Dr. Dan Rose regarding our Special Care Dentistry (vulnerable adults) legislation. We have submitted this piece to both the Star Tribune (which turned it down) and the Pioneer Press (response still pending). Again, this is a well-stated opinion piece by Dr. Rose and we wanted you to see it. If the Pioneer Press chooses not to run this, we will look for an alternative place to post this where it will get the most exposure.