CALL TO ACTION!
Today, the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate that would expand the scope of practice of Dental Assistants to include periodontal charting, gross debridement with an ultrasonic device, and dental prophylaxis procedures, after completing a one-time training. These procedures are squarely in the scope of practice of Dental Hygienists who are graduates of Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited programs, pass clinical and national board exams, and receive continuing education throughout their career.
The Washington Dental Hygienists’ Association (WDHA) is opposing this legislation and we need you to contact your lawmakers today and urge them to oppose these bills! You can review the text of the legislation here:
We have included a template message (link below) that you may personalize. We encourage you to add any personal experiences you have encountered to express the impact this would have on patient care.
Template link - https://goo.gl/jJdWnw
It is imperative that EVERY hygienist in Washington contact their legislators. Please forward to all hygienists in your contact list to let them know they are needed in order to defeat this bill.
Jennifer Zbaraschuk, RDH, BSDH, EFDA