The Pennsylvania Dental Association is calling a bill passed by state lawmakers a major step forward for improving access to quality dental care.
The bill will allow dental assistants to perform a greater range of duties for patients, including polishing teeth, applying fluoride treatments, and taking mouth impressions.
President of the dental association, Dr. Andrew Kwasny, said that allowing dental assistants to do these jobs will free up dentists to see more patients.
"This legislation is a great step in the right direction toward ensuring that Pennsylvanians can obtain the preventative dental care they need to improve their health," he said.
The dental association claims that after Kansas passed similar legislation in the 90s, the state saw an increase in the number of people seeing dentists.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that 47 percent of American adults between 18 and 64 years old did not see a dentist in the past year.
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