Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists May Treat Patients In Naturopathic Offices

In 2017 Senate Bill 856 amended the Oregon Dental Practice Act by adding patients in hospitals, medical clinics, and medical offices operated or staffed by naturopathic physicians to the list of patients that may be treated by an expanded practice dental hygienist. This bill also added naturopathic physicians to many other Oregon statutes. This bill was introduced at the request of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association supported the portion of this bill that related to expanded practice dental hygienists.

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