On 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:
for the regulation and licensure of dental therapists.
supervision and scope of practice standards for dental therapists.
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.
the authority of certain dental health professionals to practice while a supervising
dentist is not physically present.
the supervision requirements for dental assistants, dental radiograph machine
operators and expanded function dental auxiliaries.
- Adds two dental therapists to the State Dental
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.