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State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski
D-Luzerne
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House passes Pashinski dental assistant bill

 

HARRISBURG, March 24 State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, said the House of Representatives passed a bill he introduced that would expand the scope of practice for expanded function dental assistants and add an expanded function dental assistant to the Dental Board.

 

"My bill would expand the scope of practice for expanded function dental assistants so they would be able to assist in dental procedures, such as polishing teeth, providing fluoride treatments and taking impressions of teeth for athletic purposes," Pashinski said. "As the law now stands, those procedures are only performed by dentists and hygienists."

 

The Luzerne County lawmaker said his bill (H.B.602) is also intended to improve access to dental care for patients by allowing expanded function dental assistants to perform more duties in the dental office. This bill also ensures that expanded function dental assistants are represented on the State Board of Dentistry.

 

Pashinski said during the last legislative session, a Senate committee amended his bill to include a provision that would increase the number of members on the State Board of Dentistry from 13 to 15 by adding an additional dentist and an expanded function dental assistant to the board. Pashinski said state Rep. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne, sponsored the original legislative initiative to include an expanded function dental assistant to the State Board of Dentistry.

 

The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration.

 

 

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