Revived plan broadens reach of dental hygienists

Lawmakers will revisit a controversial plan to let dental hygienists work in nursing homes, schools and other settings without the presence of a dentist.

A similar measure failed last session when the Georgia Dental Association withdrew support and fought against the bill, to the dismay of supporters who thought they'd reached a compromise.

Under the proposal, hygienists could provide preventative care such as cleanings and fluoride treatments without a dentist present.

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