Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association


Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association


Again this legislative session, the Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association, with the help of our lobbyist Steve Beebe, introduced Bill 1282. This new bill is related to Bill 1061 that was passed last year. It essentially "clarifies" some content of Bill 1061. The  contents of this bill are as follows:

1. The dental hygienist has completed, with at least an average of 20 hours per week , at least 2 years of active practice as a dental hygienist under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

2. A dental hygienist may not use a laser that cuts hard or soft tissue to provide treatment to a patient.

3. If a dental hygienist practices under the prescriptive supervision of a licensed dentist, the dentist's written authority must be recorded, signed, and dated in the patient's records.

On  Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Bill 1282 was heard in the House of Representatives and passed unanimously with a vote of 13-0. Representative Dave Frizzell  introduced the bill and both Steve Beebe and Ed Popchef of IDA gave favorable testimony. Ed Popchef also testified in the House that the changes in supervision that Bill 1061 provided has been very popular with dental professionals and patients.


The next step for Bill 1282 is a second reading with any proposed amendments which Steve does NOT anticipate. This should happen next week.


After that, it will be on to the Senate in March. During this time, we will again ask for email support from members. Emails to Senators can make a big difference in getting this bill through and strengthening our presence with the legislators. We will let you know when that is necessary.

The relationships that our lobbyist Steve Beebe has made in the House has helped us tremendously in our legislative activities. I really don't see any other way we can accomplish our goals without those relationships. So, a BIG thank you to Steve for all he has done to guide us through this process.


If you visit "Friends of the Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association" Facebook page, you can see some photos of this event.


Thank you to EVERY member that continues to support this organization. We cannot advance our profession without your support. If you are not a member, I urge you to take an active role and be part of the "great" movement that energizes and propels the profession of dental hygiene forward in Indiana.

We will keep you updated on the journey of Bill 1282.



NOW IS THE TIME TO CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE and ask them to support or vote for HB1282 on the 3rd reading.  Also, please take a few minutes and contact Rep. Dave Frizzell and Rep Robin Shackleford to thank them for authoring and passing HB1282 out of the Public Health Committee.


HB1282 can be read at this link: can identify your legislator and send your emails from the following link:



IDHA's Regulation & Practice Council have prepared the following document which is in Question and Answer form concerning HB 1061 and the new law that was signed by Gov. Pence and became effective on July 1, 2014.  If you have questions, there is a link to the law.  Read the law. Know what the law says. 

FINAL HB 1061 Questions and Answers.10.01.14

New Statutory Requirements

The bill in its entirety:

Indiana State Board of Dentistry


                                                           IDHA Strategic Plan

Core Ideology

Lead the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public's oral and overall health.

Vision Statement

Dental hygienists are integrated into the healthcare delivery system as essential primary care providers to expand access to oral health care.

Lifelong Learning

IDHA 2014-2019 Goals

1.     Advocacy- The profession of dental hygiene will advance at the state and local level.

2.     Alliances- IDHA is better positioning the profession to be viewed as an integrated part of the healthcare system through strategic partnerships.

3.     Education- Dental hygiene professionals will be prepared for the evolving scope of professional practice and settings.

IDHA 2014-2019 Objectives


1.     Maximize the ability of dental hygienists to take advantage of opportunities in more integrated health systems

2.     Maximize relationships with local and state community representatives

3.     Advocate legislative activities that support IDHA's mission

4.     Raise public awareness of the Indiana dental hygiene profession


1.     Increase strategic partnerships

2.     Strengthen and expand relationships with educators


1.     Expand professional development opportunities for lifelong learners

2.     Build stakeholder knowledge of the profession

               IDHA Professional Development Day & 68th House of Delegates

May 16-17, 2014


Thank you to our sponsors!

Benco Dental, Dux Dental, Kerr TotalCare, GCAmerica, Inc, Colgate,

Sunstar Butler, XylliMelts, Dr. Kurt Losier, NE Indiana Sensational Smiles





Next year's meeting will be May 15-16, 2015

at the Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis        


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Melissa Spriggs, IDHA President
PO Box 2324
                            Portage, IN 46368-2324                            

                   Click here to complete and submit the Job Line form.

IDHA will make every effort to post employment forms within 24 hours. 

        Hygienists can view job postings in the Member Only section.

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Employment information for IDHA Members can also be listed on our page, "Hygienists Seeking Employment".  Just download the form and email it to IDHA and your information will get posted!

IDHA will make every effort to post employment forms within 24 hours.  All postings will be removed on a February/August rotation.  No reminders will be sent out.  No applications will be kept on file and resubmission will be necessary. 

Email addresses are vital to our organization! This is the primary (and economical) way that IDHA communicates with hygienists.
By providing us with all of your current contact information, especially email address, we are able to keep members informed
of important announcements and breaking news for our profession and organization.


The primary way IDHA will contact non-members is by email. Non-members may occasionally receive hard copy messages from IDHA. As a non-member, you may be able to get some information about IDHA events by viewing our
 Continuing Education Page and our News Page. You can also call IDHA’s Office for information, 219-798-2340. 

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To improve the public’s health, the mission of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is to advance
the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education,
licensure, practice and research, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.

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