Last year the Vermont Senate passed S.20, a bill that would allow mid-level dental practitioners (called dental therapists) to practice in Vermont, passed through the Senate. This session the bill has passed out of the necessary House committees and is on its way to the House floor.

The dental therapist model, implemented in two U.S. states and in over 50 countries around the world, is proven to provide improved care and increase access to treatment for our most vulnerable populations. We can get this bill passed in the House this year and signed into law – but we need your help. Take action below by contacting your reps (via email or phone), sharing your dental care story with us, writing a letter to your local paper and encouraging your friends and family to also take action on social media!

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

Our online message tool makes it easy to send your representative(s) a message asking them to support S.20 and expand dental care access in Vermont. Just enter your information in the form, modify our pre-loaded message and hit send. Email your representatives today!
Leave a message with your reps at the State House. Call the Sergeant-At-Arms office at 802-828-2228 or toll-free at 1-800-322-5616. Then give them your name, address and rep(s) name and leave a message asking them to support S.20 and expand dental care access in Vermont. Find out who your representative is on the Vermont Legislature website.

SOCIAL MEDIA

THE WRITTEN WORD

SHARE YOUR STORY
The most powerful thing we can do to highlight the unmet needs in our communities is to share personal stories. Doing so could make a big difference in moving forward solutions that make it easier for Vermonters to get dental care. Click here to submit your story.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
We know lawmakers pay attention to LTEs and they’re a great way to build support in your community. Need help? Email our Consumer Protection Associate Kati Gallagher (kati@vpirg.org) — she can provide sample language and tips to get you started.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

DENTAL THERAPISTS FAQ
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the dental therapists model.
MYTHBUSTER 1-SHEET
Those opposed to this bill are trying to confuse Vermonters with misinformation. Get the FACTS about dental therapists here!