Meet the Program Coordinator
NHTI is firmly committed to developing and delivering continuing education programs that will enhance the professional lives of Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists, offering:
- State-of-the-art clinic
- Highly qualified faculty
- Reasonably priced courses
- Workshops that meet the criteria established by the NH Board of Dental Examiners
- Liability insurance available for a nominal fee
Moving Forward - New Functions for Dental Assistants and Hygienists in NH
By Deb Albrecht, CDA, RDH, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator, Dental Continuing Education, NHTI
Stacy Plourde, RDH, BS
President, NH BODE
In 1989, when Stacy Plourde graduated from NHTI, public health supervision laws did not yet exist in NH and access to dental care was far from the spotlight. Today, national and local awareness of unmet dental needs has put the topic in focus. As a result, dental laws are changing to expand the role of dental auxiliaries to deliver more services to those in need.
Stacy Plourde’s appointment as one of two dental hygienist members of the NH Board of Dental Examiners (BODE) began in 2006. Due to her determination, leadership, and commitment, Stacy earned the position of NH BODE President in 2012 and became the first dental hygienist president in NH BODE history. As president, Stacy guides the BODE through the rule-making process, and in the past year under her leadership, two significant changes to NH dental laws occurred. The Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary and the Certified Public Health Dental Hygienist are two new roles for NH dental auxiliaries.
- Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)
A dental assistant who meets required prerequisites or a licensed dental hygienist can qualify to become an EFDA. Under direct supervision of a NH dentist, EFDAs can place, contour, and adjust direct restorative materials in the oral cavity. EFDAs must complete an approved educational program involving 50 didactic hours, 100 preclinical hours, and 120 clinical hours, and must register with the NH BODE and receive an EFDA permit in order to practice. At this time, an EFDA training program does not exist in NH; however, the possibility is under research.
- Certified Public Health Dental Hygienist (CPHDH)
NH dental hygienists who earn CPHDH qualification can expose radiographs and place interim therapeutic restorations (ITRs) under public health supervision and with a collaborative agreement with a NH licensed dentist. One of three pathways will lead to CPHDH qualification: (1) Master’s degree in Public Health, (2) Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene with 6 semester hours in community dental health, or (3) completion of approved courses in dental public health. All CPHDHs must complete a caries stabilization course and register with the BODE to receive certification (see Dental Public Health Course Series).
Under Stacy’s leadership, the public can be assured that the NH BODE will continue to provide oversight regarding the safe delivery of services that increase access to dental care.
|For important details on the new laws refer to RSA 317-A:21-e and Den 302.05 (y) and (aa) at www.nh.gov/dental/laws/index.htm|