Mid-Level Dental Professionals

For the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) filed “An Act Relative to Graduate Education for Certain Professionals,” legislation that includes the creation of a public health dental practitioner (PHDP) position as part of a multi-faceted, comprehensive plan for improving access to oral health care.

This new practitioner, who would be directly supervised by a dentist, would be limited to providing care in designated dental shortage areas or at federally designated health centers, following two years of post-baccalaureate education. Also included is a requirement that this new class of providers meets educational standards comparable to similar practitioners in primary care, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

An Act Relative to Graduate Education for Certain Professionals (S.142/H.2820)

About Our Bill

The MDS believes that a comprehensive approach is needed to address oral health care issues facing the Commonwealth. Our bill is not only focused on appropriate training and supervision of a new class of mid-level dental professional, but also on the broader issues that affect nearly every resident in Massachusetts. These include the need for increased awareness about the health benefits of community water fluoridation, formal integration of dental hygienist into the state's Department of Public Health, and mandatory oral health screenings for every child prior to kindergarten. 


Frequently Asked Questions


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We've compiled our member's frequently asked questions on bill S.142/H.2820. Get your answers here.


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