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Legislative update for Indiana.

In 2008, the Indiana Dental Assistants Association, along with the Indiana Dental Association and the Indiana Dental Hygiene Association, was successful in having legislation passed that recognizes dental assistants in the Indiana Dental Law and will allow assistants to perform coronal polishing and apply caries preventive agents with education and training.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed the bill in April 2008. This bill became law on July 1, 2008; however, dental assistants cannot perform these new duties without education and training approved by the Indiana State Board of Dentistry. The Indiana State Board of Dentistry is currently writing rules and educational requirements. The proposed rule has been drafted by the ISBD and a public hearing will be held. Once the rules are adopted, then the educational programs will be available.

The Indiana Dental Assistants Association has been monitoring the progress on the proposed rule over the past year. On August 7, 2009, the Indiana State Board of Dentistry heard testimony from the Indiana Dental Assistants Association along with the Indiana Dental Association and the Indiana Dental Hygienists Association on the language of the draft rule for the new delegation of duties for dental assistants and dental hygienists. The IDAA had input on several changes to the rule for delegating coronal polishing and fluoride application for dental assistants. The Indiana State Board of Dentistry is still processing this rule. Until the rule is final and dental assistants have the required training and education to perform these duties, dental assistants cannot perform coronal polish or apply fluoride in Indiana.

Compiled by Rosana Rodriguez, CDA, CDPMA, FADAA Chair, ADAA Council on Legislation

As reported by Cathy Roberts, MADAA, IDAA Legislative Chair

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Title Annotation:Legislative Update; Indiana Dental Assistants Association
Author:Roberts, Cathy
Publication:The Dental Assistant
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U3IN
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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