We need your help to continue our effort to increase access to oral healthcare in Maine.
Right now, legislators are considering a bill that will align educational and supervision standards for Dental Hygiene Therapists (DHTs) with new, nationally-recognized guidelines. DHTs were established in 2014 to provide safety net clinics and private practice dentists a way to extend care to people who cannot get care across our state. We need your help to make this happen.
Contact your legislator and encourage him/her to support LD 1514, “An Act to Conform Maine Law to the Requirements of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation,” which will:
Align with Commission on Dental Accreditation’s (CODA) national accreditation standards;
Allow educational institutions to work with CODA to design curriculum and degree offerings;
Grants supervision authority exclusively to the supervising dentist; and
Establish reciprocity for DHTs trained in other states.
With your help, dentists across our state will be able to expand their care to more people in need.