gdha lobby day 2015
Lobby Day 2015

The Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association represents over 6,843 licensed dental hygienists in the state. Hygienists are participating in the legislative process and supporting many issues to improve quality preventive oral health care for the patient. Your help is necessary for success!!

Read the GDHA position paper and tips for effective advocacy.

GDHA SB 248 and HB 684

Georgia is one of the last 5 states in the country that does not allow dental hygienists to provide services to the public without the direct supervision of a dentist. These services include head and neck exams for the early detection of oral cancer.

Dental hygienists are oral disease prevention experts. Prevention helps reduce or arrest the prevalence of disease. Oral health is related to overall health. Improved oral health and overall health can save the state millions of dollars in dentally related hospital emergency room visits.

In 2009, 60,000 dental related hospital emergency room visits cost the state 25 million dollars.

SB 248 and HB 684 create opportunities for dental hygienists to extend preventive services to locations and populations that experience limited access dental care.

Review House Bill 684 »
GDHA created a petition in support of HB 684; each time it is signed it sends a letter to our legislators asking them to support the bill. Please Sign and Share our Petition with your friends and family members.

HB 684 promotes Georgia’s public health infrastructure where dental hygienists may provide dental hygiene duties to include; nonprofit clinics, health care facilities, long-term care facilities, school based programs and other facilities or settings approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry.

This bill is Socially and Fiscally Responsible. It creates jobs for an existing skilled workforce, expands enterprise for localized small business owners and it saves the state money for dentally related hospital emergency room visits that could have been prevented.

HB 684 has been assigned to Health and Human Services for the 2016 legislative session. By supporting this bill you are making a positive impact on the lives of of Georgians.