More Key Quotes

Aug. 21, 2013

Quotes from Mastraccio and opponents of legislation

  • “This bill is an important step in improving access to dental care in Maine. About two-thirds of dentists in Maine are over 50 years of age and their retirement will leave a void that will be filled in part by dental therapists.” — Rep. Anne-Marie Mastraccio, D-Sanford
  • "Facts have been dismissed and replaced with distorted information that does not accurately portray the status of oral healthcare in our state. Given our low rate of untreated tooth decay in third graders, the state has been doing many things right." — Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, Maine Dental Association

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