Welcome to the official website of the Missouri Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA)!
MDHA is a constituent of ADHA, which is the largest professional organization representing the interests of dental hygienists.
Throughout this site you will meet your executive council, upcoming events, information/photos of past events, career opportunites, student section, and many more! With the support of our members, we can successfully carry out our mission to advance the art and science of dental hygiene, and to promote the highest standards of education and practice in the profession.
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2015 LEGISLATIVE NEWS
It is an exciting time to be a hygienist in Missouri! We are in the midst of the 2015 legislative sessionand our legislative agenda is full. In an effort to keep everyone informed of the latest news regarding legislation in Missouri that may affect dental hygiene practice I am placing information regarding the bills of interest, along with easy links for finding your state legislators, front and center here on the MDHA website. There will be points throughout the legislative process where you will be asked to contact your legislators to show support of these bills.
Please be willing to take a few minutes and make these very important contacts. Having the support of the dental hygiene community will go a long way towards making a successful outcome a reality for these important pieces of legislation. Below you will find a brief synopsis of each bill that we are supporting along with a link to the full text of the bill. Please take some time and familiarize yourself with these documents so that you will know the facts about them. We want to avoid misinformation as much as possible! Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me. My email address is email@example.com Thanks, in advance, for your support of MDHA
Bobbie Brown, CDA, RDH, MS President, MDHA
BILLS WE SUPPORT
1. HB 119 (Sponsored by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger-R-Jackson)
Requires mandatory notification to the public, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources when a community is considering removing fluoride from the water supply. The current trend is for fluoride opponents to push city councils to remove fluoride from community water supplies. Or, when the water fluoridation equipment needs replacements, some city councils are voting not to replace it because of the cost rather than promoting the public health benefits and the cost-effectiveness of fluoride for better oral health. MDHA is working with the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health on this.
Allows for a written agreement and partnership between a Missouri licensed dentist and dental hygienist so the dental hygienist can provide currently allowed preventive dental hygiene services directly to patients at sites beyond the dental office setting to increase access. No new procedures are allowed. Services include: Scaling and polishing; periodontal root planning/debridement; non-surgical periodontal procedures (placing dressings and removing dressings/sutures); dental radiographs; dental sealants; topical fluoride; services dental assistants can perform; and, other procedures approved by the Missouri Dental Board.
The dentist is still in charge based on the terms of the written agreement. Expanded access would be an option some dentists may choose to utilize for underserved citizens.
The extended access agreement will require specific protocols; a description of allowed services; consulting responsibilities of the partnering dentist with the dental hygienist; record maintenance; an emergency management plan; and, referral procedures.
No more than three written agreements are allowed by either dentists or hygienists. Professional liability insurance and additional updated courses for the dental hygienist will be required. Eighteen states are successfully utilizing these types of partnering agreements.
3. Teledentistry: MDHA would like to include the utilization of dental hygienists in all teledentistry bills.
4. Adult Dental Benefits: MDHA would like these benefits to remain in the state budget for MO HealthNet.
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ATTENTION RECENT GRADUATES AND DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENTS OF MISSOURI:
in order for us to better keep you in the loop of important information going on in MDHA, please email your contact information (name and permanent email address) to Linda Hoffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
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