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FTC Comments on Ohio Bill Regarding Scope of Practice for Dental Hygienists and Licensure of Dental Therapists

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Exam2On March 3, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted a comment to the Ohio Senate regarding proposed legislation that would broaden dental hygienists’ ability to work without a supervising dentist onsite and would provide for the licensure of dental therapists.  

Ohio SB 330, as filed contains the following provisions:

  • Provides for the regulation and licensure of dental therapists.
  • Establishes supervision and scope of practice standards for dental therapists.
  • Permits a dentist to assign additional intraoral tasks (such as performing oral cancer screenings and applying fluoride and pit and fissure sealants) to a dental hygienist.
  • Modifies the authority of certain dental health professionals to practice while a supervising dentist is not physically present.
  • Modifies the supervision requirements for dental assistants, dental radiograph machine operators and expanded function dental auxiliaries.
  • Adds two dental therapists to the State Dental Board.

The FTC comments on the bill can be summed up in the following statement: “we [the FTC] encourage the Ohio legislature to consider expanding general supervision of dental hygienists and licensure of dental therapists, and to avoid limiting general supervision and dental therapy practice, except as necessary to address well-founded patient health and safety concerns.”

On March 16, the FTC launched new websites aimed at highlighting the work of the agency’s new Economic Liberty Task Force, which Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen announced as her first major policy initiative for the agency. The task force will address regulatory hurdles to job growth, including the proliferation of occupational licensing. Dentistry, dental hygiene and dental therapy are mentioned on the FTC’s Economic Liberty webpage

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