A Message from The Arizona Board of Dental Examiners

The Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners 2021 triennial renewal season is upon us and we would like to take this opportunity to share *New* information with you to help make the process easier. The triennial renewal application for dentists, hygienists and denturists is available on the Board’s renewal page of its website. In accordance with A.R.S. §§ 32-1236, 32-1287 and 32-1297.06 every licensee shall submit to the board a complete renewal application and pay a license renewal fee.

Making a Difference in Oral Health One Cigarette at a Time

It is an exciting time to be a dental hygienist. There are so many new opportunities to use your oral health knowledge and experience outside of the operatory. For all the current dental hygiene students reading this, you may be thinking you never want to go to school again when this is over (I know I did). However, an associate degree may not be enough.

Trinity Cleveland, District XI Trustee

It’s that time of year to demonstrate your commitment to your ADHA! And there are ton of ways you can participate. Annual Conference this year will be in Phoenix June 18-20th. There is a very comprehensive safety plan that has been approved by the City of Phoenix, but if you prefer a virtual event, you have that option as well! The virtual event is being held June 28-30th

What’s Up at the Capitol

As the 2021 AZ legislative session nears its end, we are happy to report that HB2547, introduced by Representative Justin Wilmeth on behalf of AzDHA was signed by the governor on April 9th. The changes to our practice act that will go into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns include:

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Teledentistry – Dignity Health, First Teeth First

February is Children’s Dental Health month so it is fitting for me to tell you about our children’s oral health program. The First Teeth First Program is a community based program providing services to children 0-5 years of age and expectant mothers at no charge. Services provided include an oral screening, anticipatory guidance, goal
setting, and referral and care coordination, provided by a registered dental hygienist and promotora. Before the
COVID-19 pandemic, the program operated in person at WIC clinics (Women, Infant, and Children), pediatrician’s
offices, OBGYN offices and childcares.

The Story of Dental Therapy

Many years ago, when the profession of Dental Hygiene was born in the United States, Dental Therapy was being born in New Zealand. Recently some states have legalized Dental Therapy (and New Zealand has adopted Dental Hygiene!)

When Dental Therapy was started in Australia and New Zealand, the therapists worked in schools on children. They could meet most of the dental needs of children. The services were supported by the government. The Therapists were paid a salary not based on procedures. Adults were cared for in private dental

Local Component’s of AzDHA

EAST VALLEY

Contact: Dawn Best
dawnbest@hotmail.com

CENTRAL ARIZONA

Contact: Debby Kurtz-Weidinger
centralazdentalhygienists@gmail.com

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NORTHERN ARIZONA

Contact: Catherine Roustan
Email: cathroustan@msn.com

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Contact: Mindy Rogers  jumiordragster7232@gmail.com

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