Dental Hygienists May Perform In-Office A1C Diabetes Screening

At their December 2018 meeting, the Oregon Board of Dentistry passed the following motion: “The Oregon Board of Dentistry recognizes that it is within the scope of practice for Oregon licensed dentists and dental hygienists to perform in-office A1C diabetes screening tests for at-risk patients.” The board noted that: a) such testing is not presumed to be the standard of care; and b) for A1C screenings beyond the normal range, dentists should refer patients to a physician for a formal evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

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