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Expanding Access to Care with Scope of Practice

Legislators in each state construct policies to define legal scope of practice (SOP) for dental hygienists in their state. These policies create variation in the tasks Dental Hygienists (DH) in different states are legally allowed to perform, which ultimately impacts access to oral healthcare services. The Center’s Variation in Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice by State infographic helps to depict state-level variation in DH SOP. The infographic tool provides valuable information to help oral health advocacy groups, policy makers and other stakeholders better understand the issues which impact access to care.

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This report was produced by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center. For additional information and resources, visit: www.oralhealthworkforce.org