Do you know what the scope of practice is in your state? Find out by visiting ADAA’s State Dental Assisting Licensing Information.
SB157, introduced in Montana on January 21, would allow dental assistants certified by the dental assisting national board (DANB) to be supervised under general supervision instead of direct supervision.
HB221, introduced January 18 in Hawaii, also would state that anyone who is certified by DANB is qualified to practice dental assisting. This bill was introduced on January 18, 2019.
In Washington, HB1935 would expand the scope of practice for dental assistants in the state.
HB597, introduced in the Maryland General Assembly, would eliminate a portion of the definition of “practice dentistry.” An individual would no longer be “practicing dentistry” based solely on the fact that they are “a manager, a proprietor, or a conductor of, or an operator in, any place in which a dental service or dental operation is performed intraorally.” This bill was introduced on February 6.
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