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IDHA may need your help to get the Public Health Dental Hygienist coursework expedited! Please watch your email for a possible legislative alert.

The Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) was passed into law July 2016. To date the PHDH coursework has not been written by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

On September 26, Terri Apostolou, IDHA President Lisa Schmidt, and Component Trustee Jeanne Boesecker attended the Illinois Board of Dentistry meeting. Once again, IDHA expressed concerns regarding the timeframe in which the PHDH was signed into law, and the unwritten coursework.

IDHA works extremely hard on behalf of every RDH in the state, and will continue with every effort to expedite the PHDH coursework. Please visit the Legislative page on for the most up to date information.

Would you like to volunteer a few hours and share your talents?  These events still need RDH volunteers.

Senator Neil Anderson and State Rep Tony McCombie’s Senior Health Fair

Thursday October 19th

New Hope Foursquare Church

23057 7th Ave

Moline, IL

9am - Noon


Senator Christine Radogno, and Rep. Jim Durkin & Rep. David Olsen’s Veterans Expo & Blood Drive

Saturday November 4th

American Legion Post 80

4000 Saratoga Ave

Downers Grove, IL

9am -12:30pm

 If you have questions on how to volunteer or want to put your name in the hat to help out the Profession and IDHA, contact IDHA Manager of Government Relations Terri Apostolou at

Status of Public Health Dental Hygienist

August 30th, 2017

The​ ​Illinois​ ​Dental​ ​Hygienists’​ ​Association,​ ​the​ ​Illinois​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Public​ ​Health,​ ​and the​ ​Illinois​ ​State​ ​Dental​ ​Society​ ​have​ ​all​ ​made​ ​their​ ​recommendations​ ​regarding​ ​the coursework​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​obtain​ ​a​ ​Public​ ​Health​ ​Dental​ ​Hygienist​ ​Certificate.

All​ ​Recommendations​ ​have​ ​been​ ​given​ ​to​ ​The​ ​Illinois​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Financial​ ​and Professional​ ​Regulations,​ ​who​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​writing​ ​the​ ​specific​ ​coursework.

Please​ ​keep​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​that​ ​the​ ​legislative​ ​process​ ​is​ ​a​ ​long​ ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​a​ ​tedious​ ​one. Updates​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​be​ ​posted​ ​as​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​they​ ​are​ ​made​ ​available​ ​to​ ​us.

SB589 Expanded Function Dental Assistant

This proposed legislation was introduced on January 24, 2017 to the 100th General Assembly.
To summarize, this proposed legislation will allow an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) who has completed training to: a) take material or digital final impressions; b) perform pulp vitality test; c) place, pack and finish composite restorations; d) start the flow of oxygen and monitor nitrous oxide-oxygen analgesia.

Click here to read the bill. 

Click here to follow the bill. 

HB5948 Public Health Dental Hygienist

This legislation passed out of the 99th General Assembly in July of 2016.
To summarize, a Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) may provide preventive treatment without a prior dental exam to patients who are uninsured or eligible for medicaid in a public health setting.  To qualify as a PHDH, the individual must complete 42 clock hours of additional course work approved by the Department.  At this time the course work has not been determined by the rules making process.

To read the bill in its entirety, click the link: HB5948 FINAL.pdf

For more information about the rule making process, click on the link: IL Rulemaking Process.pdf

Illinois Dental Practice Act

Click here to read the most up to date Practice Act.

Illinois Dental Rules

Click here to read the Illinois Dental Rules.

IDPH: Public Health Intervention: Use of Silver Diamine Flouride for Arrestin Dental Caries

Click here to read the Public Health Intervention: Use of Silver Diamine Flouride for Arresting Dental Caries published September 15, 2017.

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