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Georgia dental board wants hygienists to be supervised


The Georgia Board of Dentistry is proposing a rule change that would require indirect supervision of hygienists who provide basic preventive dental services in schools, community health centers and prisons. But the state hygienists' association and the Federal Trade Commission oppose the change, saying it would limit access to care, especially for children in rural and low-income communities. Currently, hygienists are permitted to work at dental facilities regulated by the state and county agencies without direct supervision of a dentist. The proposed rule change would institute indirect supervision, meaning that a dentist need not be present but would have to give either written or oral instructions for patient treatment, according to an e-mail by Dr. Clyde Andrews, chair of the Georgia Board of Dentistry's Rules Committee, to (May require free registration to view article.) more

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