Extending preventive dental care to people in need may be accomplished through the use of appropriately qualified dental hygienists who have entered a legal “collaborative agreement” with a licensed dentist. While this type of practice cannot meet the comprehensive dental needs of a community, it does offer a cost-effective and efficient way to prevent dental problems in the first place.
To learn what is required of dentists and dental hygienists, who wish to enter this kind of practice, the following presentation is helpful Collaborative Dental Hygiene Practice in Minnesota or visit Normandale College Collaborative Dental Hygiene. This site describes how to establish a collaborative practice arrangement, including a Colaborative Agreement Template . You can also find information about legal liability, use of mobile/portable dental equipment, billing for dental hygiene services, and much more. The Minnesota law governing this type of practice is found HERE, under Subd.1a. Limited authorization for dental hygienists
Several schools in Minnesota offer Dental Hygiene Education Programs.