The op-ed column about dental therapists from Dr. Howard Rhodes on Dec. 8 is typical of the orchestrated propaganda that is repeatedly placed in the media by pro-therapists groups, led by those outside New Mexico.
There is not a “dental crisis” in New Mexico. There are many dentists and dental hygienists in the urban areas that are not busy or can’t find jobs.
What New Mexico has is a distribution problem. New Mexico now ranks 29th in its dentists per capita ratio – not perfect, but not a crisis.
True, patients may drive to see dentists, but nowhere in the state are patients more than 45 to 60 minutes away from a dental facility; New Mexico is not Alaska.