Ohio law gives hygienists more independence

An Ohio law allowing hygienists to practice without a dentist's physical supervision will take effect August 31.

Signed into law May 27, the law creates the Oral Health Access Supervision Program, allowing dentists to send hygienists into settings outside the dental office to provide cleanings and other hygiene services. Dentists would be required to review the health history of each patient prior to the provision of services to ensure that those services could be provided safely.

Patients seen by a hygienist under public oral health supervision would have a subsequent appointment with a dentist to go over the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.

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