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8/13/2015 Dental hygienist legislation signed into law
STATE HOUSE – Chairman of the House Committee on Rules Samuel A. Azzinaro and Senator Donna M. Nesselbush’s legislation that allows certified dental hygienists to perform public dental health screenings was signed into law yesterday, August 12, by Governor Gina M. Raimondo during a ceremonial bill signing at the State House.

“Dental health care is too often overlooked as a means to ensuring one’s day to day health.  This legislation will make it easier for those who do not have consistent dental care to monitor and evaluate their dental care needs,” said Representative Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly).

“The most important aspect of this legislation is the allowance of certified hygienists to conduct school dental screenings.  Unfortunately, there are too many children in Rhode Island who do not have access to such preventative care and this legislation will keep our children healthy and aware of the necessity of proper dental care,” said Senator Nesselbush (D-Dist 15, Pawtucket, North Providence).

This act (2015-S 683 / 2015-H 5953) would allow public health dental hygienists to perform certain dental hygiene procedures in a public setting without the immediate supervision of a dentist. This act would also allow licensed dental health hygienists in certain circumstances to provide dental screenings to school children.

Rep. Sam Azzinaro, second from right, and Sen. Donna Nesselbush, first from left,  join Governor Gina Raimondo, seated, after she signed their legislation that allows certified dental hygienists to perform public dental health screenings.  Joining them in the ceremony in the State Room on August 12, 2015, from left, are, Marie Jones-Bridges, Maurice Lamb and Maryellen Simas.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903