Governor Lujan Grisham has signed HB 308! Thank you for helping make dental therapists a reality in New Mexico!
Almost 900,000 New Mexicans live in areas without enough dentists and over a quarter of elementary school children have untreated tooth decay.
Far too many New Mexicans don't have access to high-quality, affordable dental care, but our state legislature can help solve this problem by authorizing dental therapists.
Dental therapists are highly-trained, dental professionals who work as part of the dental team to provide routine and preventive care in a role similar to that of a physician assistant in medicine. Allowing dentists to hire dental therapists would expand access to dental care while creating well-paying jobs in under-served communities.
HB 308, sponsored by Reps. Doreen Gallegos and Gail Armstrong and Sen. Benny Shendo Jr., would authorize dental therapists to practice in New Mexico. Over 50 organizations and numerous individuals in New Mexico have come together to advocate for the passage of legislation authorizing dental therapists to work in New Mexico but we need your help to bring it across the finish line!