Oral Health Care for Seniors
In July 2016, CO-AGE membership voted to choose Oral Health Care as a priority for the 2017 legislative session. CO-AGE is supporting increased access to Oral Health Care in long-term care and safety-net settings as one of the five priorities for the year. For more information on the other priorities visit our 2017 Issues page.
"In years of practice in Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida, the only state that required a dentist to be present at all treatment was Georgia..."
Legislation to allow dental hygienists to practice acts in expanded “safety-net” settings such as long-term care facilities would allow greater access by seniors for preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene services. Licensed dental hygienists working under the proposed legislation would provide services within their current scope of practice as granted by the Georgia Board of Dentistry while under the supervision of a collaborating, licensed practicing dentist in Georgia. Learn more by reading Georgia Council on Aging's Fact Sheet on the issue