Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Press Release: Bill would ease kids' oral health crisis

House Bill 1310 would bring a time-tested response to oral health care problems among Washingtonians of all ages: a dental therapist, a new mid-level oral health provider that enhances the work of dentists.

The bill is getting a hearing before the House Health Care and Wellness Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 8 a.m. in the John L. O’Brien Building, House Hearing Room B.

H.B. 1310 would establish standards for the education, licensing and practice of dental therapists: a category of oral health professional with a 90-year international track record in 50 countries around the world. Dental therapists could perform a limited set of procedures for Washingtonians in underserved areas. Read the full press release.