The Michigan Board of Dentistry has introduced changes to the rules governing the delegation of duties to dental auxiliaries, including the reclassification of "dental assistants" (those not formally trained or licensed) as "unregistered dental auxiliaries" (UDAs). The classification Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) remains. Changes involve the supervision levels for specific tasks and guiding training UDAs for orthodontic duties. Notable changes include allowing UDAs to perform certain orthodontic tasks and expanding their scope of work to include duties such as taking impressions, polishing, and providing nutritional counseling. Dental professionals should know these changes and the supervision required for delegation to UDAs to ensure compliance and avoid potential license sanctions or malpractice liability.
Katibai, Neema JD
"Advocacy Spotlight: Important: State Issues Changes to Delegation of Duties Rules,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 105:
11, Article 8.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol105/iss11/8
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