When authorized by and under the general supervision of a licensed dentist, a licensed
dental hygienist may perform the following intra and extra oral procedures and functions:
(1) Oral prophylaxis, periodontal scaling, and root planing which includes supragingival
and subgingival debridement;
(2) Polish all exposed tooth surfaces, including restorations;
(3) Conduct and assess preliminary charting, probing, screening examinations, and
indexing of dental and periodontal disease, with referral, when appropriate, for a
dental diagnosis by a licensed dentist;
(4) Brush biopsies;
(5) Pulp vitality testing;
(6) Gingival curettage;
(7) Removal of sutures;
(8) Preventive measures, including the application of fluorides, sealants, and other
recognized topical agents for the prevention of oral disease;
(9) Impressions for study casts;
(10) Application of topical and subgingival agents;
(11) Radiographic exposures;
(12) Oral health education, including conducting workshops and inservice training
sessions on dental health;
(13) Application or administration of antimicrobial rinses, fluorides, and other anticariogenic
(14) Upon completion of education and testing approved by the board, interim therapeutic
restoration technique; and
(15) All of the duties that a dental assistant who is not licensed is authorized to
Upon completion of education and testing approved by the board and when authorized
by and under the general supervision of a licensed dentist, a licensed dental hygienist
may write prescriptions for mouth rinses and fluoride products that help decrease
the risk for tooth decay.
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