State government’s Board of Dentistry began discussions Friday on establishing different license requirements for dentists in South Dakota,

Executive director Brittany Novotny outlined 21 pages of potential changes covering dentists, dental hygienists, registered dental assistants and dental assistants.

Dentists would have ten specific criteria. They could submit results from parts of examinations by different testing organizations.

Novotny said testers would be invited to the Jan. 12 meeting. Proposed rule changes could be considered at the following meeting June 15.

If adopted, new rules would take effect in fall 2018, she said.

Dr. Vincent Jones of Sioux Falls helped shape the changes under consideration.

“The bottom line is, it’s all about market share,” Jones said in a phone call with the board. “Everybody is trying to be the national examination.”

The board’s president, Dr. Tara Schaack of Rapid City, suggested the regional testing groups should band together.

Schaack said dental professors shouldn’t be allowed to give license exams to their students.

“There has to be an objective entity and it has to be an anonymous exam,” Schaack said. “In my opinion it has to be somebody with fresh eyes.”

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