Commentary: Dental Therapist Model Could Increase Basic Dental Care in NM

May 18, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – Thousands of New Mexicans lack access to affordable dental care. Earlier this year, Representative Dennis Roch sponsored a proposal to address the shortages by creating a new category of dental providers. It didn't pass, but commentator Pamela Blackwell says it's a good sign that lawmakers are finally starting to talk about how to help people get good care for their teeth.

Blackwell is the project director for Oral Health Access at Health Action New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque.