The Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association supports broadening the scope of dental hygiene practice through state dental boards and/or dental practice acts to meet the health care needs of the public. This would

enable the dental hygienist to provide preventive and therapeutic services for all people.

State and federal legislation and policy affect your career by determining how and where you can practice dental hygiene. The ADHA/GDHA supports you and your interests at the local, state and federal levels by making sure that legislators and decision makers are aware of your positions on practice issues.

We work with policy makers and stakeholders to promote policies that encourage increased availability of oral health care and work on advocacy efforts to allow dental hygienists to practice to the full extent of their dental hygiene education and licensure.

GDHA works on your behalf to:

  • Promote the advancement of the dental hygiene profession

  • Promote the oral health of the public

  • Promote access to oral health

As of January 2020, the Georgia 

Department of Medicaid will now provide reimbursement of services delivered by dental hygienists working under the general supervision of their dentist.

Do you know who your legislators are?  Find them Here
The Georgia Dental Hygienists' Association represents over 7,000 licensed dental hygienists in the state. GDHA works with key legislators on issues and bills affecting dental hygiene in Georgia.


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Dental Hygiene Appreciation Day unfortunately was cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19.  Dental Hygiene Appreciation Day 2021will be held February 11th.  Check back here for more information closer to February.
Contact GDHA Advocacy Chair Suzanne Newkirk


Frequently Asked Questions about HB 154

Frequently Asked Questions every practice should know about the new laws and Dental Assistants

General Supervision Toolkit
The purpose of this toolkit is to aid dental care providers (i.e. dental hygienists, dentists) and interested stakeholders (i.e. administrators, medical providers) in how to utilize dental hygienists working under general supervision.

2017 HB 154, allows Dental Hygienists to perform preventive functions under general supervision passed the legislature.  The bill went into effect January 1,  2018.  

Review House Bill 154 :

Join Our Legislative Network Today! RDHCare

What is RDHCare?
RDHCare is a network of dental hygienists who are interested in participating in the legislative process as it relates to issues involving the practice of dental hygiene, as well as other issues related to health care.

To this end, we have formed a separate communication network to notify such hygienists of events of interest. If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Newkirk,