Establish Nationwide Mutual Reciprocity for Dental Hygiene Licensure

Establish Nationwide Mutual Reciprocity for Dental Hygiene Licensure

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H. Hall started this petition to Advocacy, ADHA American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and

Dental hygienists are the backbone of dentistry. We are responsible for educating patients on the importance of optimal oral health by implementing our years of rigorous training and expertise. Likewise, we are often the ones to first identify decay or other dental disease and bring these conditions to the attention of our dentists. To be a dental hygienist requires years of rigorous training, the passage of multiple board exams, and the development of on-the-job skills to best serve our patients. The clinical board exam required of all dental hygienists encompasses the identification and selection of a patient within the required criteria, the accurate assessment of risk factors impacting this patient, the identification of dental disease, and the successful performance of a prophylaxis. For many dental hygienists, this is one of 3-5 board exams they must pass to obtain their licensure. To add insult to injury, many dental hygienists will spend between $2,000-$6,000 to simply sit for their clinical board exam.

We dental hygienists feel that we have been failed by the very organizations put in place to allow us to do our jobs. When a dental hygienist moves from state-to-state, they are required to re-establish licensure in their new state of residence. This often requires re-taking the rigorous and expensive clinical dental hygiene board exam, regardless of how many years of clinical practice a hygienist has under their belt or how well they scored on their initial taking of this exam. The requirement to submit oneself to the physical, emotional, and financial detriment of both re-taking and re-passing a clinical board exam is both unethical and unnecessary.

Dental hygienists across our country need your help. We ask that you sign this petition to allow for mutual reciprocity across our country for dental hygiene licensure. This would allow a dental hygienist who has graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program and passed a clinical board exam once within the United States to attain licensure in all 50 states without the added stress of re-passing another clinical board exam. A change of this magnitude would allow for the freedom of dental hygienists to re-locate whenever necessary and serve their communities from coast to coast. We thank you for your support in advance. We are Registered Dental Hygienists: One Nation, One License.

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