Yes, Dental Therapists Are Coming for You

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Patient Attraction Episode 1014

In 2016, I did a podcast about a coming threat to dentists’ incomes – mid-level dental therapists. According to a recent article, various states that have so-called “dental deserts” are pushing legislation to empower dental therapists. I’ll spell out the implications, and what dentists need to do to prepare, when we come back.

– I’m Colin Receveur, founder and CEO of SmartBox Web Marketing.

– Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Patient Attraction Podcast™.

– Dental therapists are now authorized to practice in Minnesota and in “dental deserts” in Alaska and Washington – Native American communities.

– There’s a strong bipartisan effort in numerous states to expand the states in which dental specialists can practice.

– There could be 6 or more states this year that allow dental therapists.

– It won’t be surprising if even more states join the “movement.”

– Now, dental therapists must practice under a dentist’s supervision, but they can practice remotely.

– If your practice is in an underserved area, you may have more competition for routine matters like uncomplicated extractions, dental fillings, and dental education.

– You may welcome some help initially, but if there’s money to be made, other practices will likely begin sending additional dental therapists into your area.

– And that could spell trouble down the road.

– Looked at another way, there’s more competition coming, whether you practice in a dental desert or not.

– New, hungry dental graduates and corporate dentistry will be posing a challenge before you know it.

– And you need to be prepared to meet that challenge.

– You won’t compete on an even playing field against corporate dentistry.

– They have deeper pockets, longer hours, and can undercut you on price.

– Why not get ahead of the game?

– Go to and schedule a Patient Attraction System Blueprint™ Session. They are reserved only for serious dentists who want to see a patient attraction system that can double their practice. You can get more patients, more profits, and more freedom.

– Until next time, keep moving forward.