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Let's improve Maine's dental standards

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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.


Please visit, fill in your zip code, and send your legislator an email today!
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