Minnesota Dental Therapists

Minnesota Dental Therapists

In response to growing concerns over access to dental care both in underserved populations and underserved areas of the state, Minnesota became the first state government in the U.S. to authorize the licensing of dental therapists. In 2009, Minnesota’s law created two levels of dental therapist practice – the Dental Therapist and the Advanced Dental Therapist – and required that these providers primarily serve underserved patients.


Metropolitan State University Program

University of Minnesota Program

Minnesota's Enabling Legislation

Scope of Practice

Early Impacts of Dental Therapists Minnesota

History of introducing a new dental provider in Minnesota

Minnesota State Statue on dental therapists and advanced dental therapists

The Minnesota Story-Pew

States in Action

Dental Therapists & Advanced Dental Therapists
Background and Updates on Implementation

Minnesota dental therapy model goes nationwide