Improving oral health For the people of New York, there are many solutions needed with a large number of dedicated partners. Legislation that provides that dental hygienists have collaborative practice agreements with dentists is an important part of the NYDHA agenda. Bill all services in a collaborative practice capacity with the following: NYDHA advocacy initiatives have reached stages of the practice of the dental hygiene profession in recent years. Laboratory Practice Dental hygienists must be employed or maintained by one of the following groups enrolled in the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP): With the support of NYDHA, the NYS Education Law has been amended to accommodate dental hygienists as recognized professionals to assess children`s dental health and complete health certificates that report children`s availability in school. In accordance with Article 19, Section 903, paragraph 2, point a), the RDHS and dentists can complete the certificates. The New York State Education Department released the forms with a question-and-answer session from the Office of Professions. Dental hygienists play an essential role in preventing dental diseases and promoting health throughout a person`s life. Recognizing this role, by placing this responsibility in the hands of dental hygienists, is a step forward in providing all New Yorkers with access to quality preventive oral health services provided by registered dental hygienists. Dental hygiene has long depended on an arbitrary list of services to define the extent of the practice.
This list, in the midst of increasing technology and an oral health crisis, serves to unnecessarily limit the provision of basic preventive, educational and therapeutic services. In addition, restrictive control of dental hygiene practice increases the inability of qualified, trained and authorized dental hygienists to provide services to those not served by the current oral health care system. The NYDHA Board of Directors has approved adha standards of care as a more practical way to define the work of dental hygienists.