Pennsylvania Department of State
PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF DENTISTRY

February 2010 www.dos.state.pa.us
BOARD MEETING DATES
March 19, 2010
April 16, 2010
June 4, 2010
July 30, 2010
Sept. 10, 2010
Oct. 22, 2010

OTHER NEWS
Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Election of Officers by Acclamation
Board of Dentistry Chairman John V. Reitz, D.D.S., and Secretary Mariellen Brickley-Raab, R.D.H., were re-elected by acclamation of the board at the December meeting to continue serving during 2010. 
2010 Census: It's In Our Hands
Send a strong message to your community about the importance of the census and the benefits of being counted.
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Welcome to the New
Electronic Board Newsletters!

Over the last year, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs has been working on transforming the board’s newsletters from traditional paper newsletters sent once or twice a year through the regular mail to electronic newsletters available every two months. Electronic newsletter issues have been posted on the Department of State Web site since spring. We now have the capability to deliver the newsletters directly to your e-mail address.

Electronic newsletters allow us to deliver more timely information more often – at a fraction of the cost. We are trying to use the resources licensees provide the board as efficiently as possible, while improving the newsletters in the process. If there are topics you would like to see addressed in the bimonthly newsletters, please let us know by clicking on the “Contact Us” button at the bottom of the newsletter.

To ensure you continue to receive the newsletter, please make sure you update your e-mail address in the MyLicense application at www.mylicense.state.pa.us. The newsletters, and an archive of past issues, are always available on the Department of State Web site, www.dos.state.pa.us.

I hope you enjoy your new electronic newsletters!

Basil L. Merenda,
Commissioner, PA Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, PA Department of State

New Regulations for Dental Hygienists

New regulations published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin in final form on Dec. 12 revise the scope of practice for Pennsylvania-licensed dental hygienists, including adding authority to administer local anesthesia. The new regulations also provide for a new class of certification -  public health dental hygiene practitioner.

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Maximum Fines Increased To $10,000

On July 17 Governor Edward G. Rendell signed Act 25 into law, adding a provision raising the maximum fine the State Board of Dentistry may impose for violations of the licensing laws or regulations from $1,000 to $10,000, as well as authorizing the licensing boards to impose the costs of investigation.

“This is an important law because the new maximum fine acts as a very strong deterrent to unlawful activity by licensees, which in turn will enable us to more effectively protect the health, safety and welfare of every consumer in the commonwealth, and the integrity of the dental health professions in Pennsylvania,” Commissioner Basil L. Merenda said.

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Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7162 | ST-DENTISTRY@pa.gov
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