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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2009 file photo, dental hygienist Jodi Hager performs an oral exam on staff member Clare Larkin during a test at Normandale Community College in Edina, Minn. Several states are considering bills that would create a new midlevel position in dentistry called dental therapists or advanced dental hygiene practitioners. They can perform common procedures such as filling cavities or pulling teeth, though more complex procedures would still be left with dentists. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2009 file photo, dental hygienist Jodi Hager performs an oral exam on staff member Clare Larkin during a test at Normandale Community College in Edina, Minn. Several states are considering bills that would create a new midlevel position in dentistry called dental therapists or advanced dental hygiene practitioners. They can perform common procedures such as filling cavities or pulling teeth, though more complex procedures would still be left with dentists. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

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