Chapter 103. DENTAL HYGIENE LICENSURE 22 TAC § 103.7
The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) adopts the amendment of §103.7, regarding the reinstatement of a retired Texas dental hygiene license. The amendment is adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 21, 2007, issue of the Texas Register (32 TexReg 9508) and will not be republished.
The amendment is adopted to update the requirement that a retired hygienist who has not actively practiced for at least two years complete twenty-four, rather than twelve, hours of continuing education in the year preceding the application of the Texas license holder for reinstatement. This is already the standard for retired dentists.
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The Delegation of Coronal Polishing
In order to clarify the delegation of coronal polishing to dental assistants, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' General Counsel, Ms. Joy Sparks, has issued the following explanation:
Coronal polishing can only be performed under the direct supervision, direction, and responsibility of the dentist, by a dental assistant who is certified pursuant to Texas Occupations Code, Section 265.006 (Tex. Occ. Code, Sect. 265.003 (a)).
Dentists may delegate coronal polishing as an adjunct to many procedures including pit and fissure sealants and prophylaxis. However, coronal polishing may not be billed as a prophylaxis. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can do a prophylaxis. Under the Dental Practice Act, Tex. Occ. Code, Sect. 258.001 (Impermissible Delegations), "a dentist may not delegate....to a person not licensed as a dentist or dental hygienist...the removal of calculus, deposits, or accretions from the natural and restored surfaces of exposed human teeth and restorations in the human mouth," or "root planing or the smoothing and polishing of roughened root surfaces or exposed human teeth."
In addition, the "coronal polishing" and the"pit and fissure" rules (22 Tex. Admin. Code, Sections 114.3 (e) and 114.5 (c)) outlining the various registrations for dental assistants specifically state that these two procedures cannot be billed as a prophylaxis. If either of these procedures were utilized to be a prophylaxis, the dental assistant would be exceeding the "scope" of his/her registration and the dentist/dental hygienist would be exceeding his/her delegation authority.
Also a requirement that a retired hygienist who has not actively practiced for at least two years complete twenty-four, rather than twelve, hours of continuing education in the year preceding the
application to reinstate.
Jurisprudence CE Online
It's new and it's easy. Just click on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners website listed below, so you can now conveniently take the required jurisprudence CE online. After Dec. 31 2007 the jurisprudence requirement for dentists and dental hygienists can only be done through
Advanced dental hygiene practice may require future Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree curriculum.