Florida Legislature passes bills to revise dental standards, license process

The Florida Legislature sent 27 bills, including two impacting the dental industry, to Gov. Ron DeSantis for approval, according to a May 22 report by clickorlando.com.

House Bill 855 creates requirements for dentists to provide patients with specific information, including dentist's name, contact information, including after-hour contact information for emergencies, and license information. 

The bill also requires dentists who provide telehealth services to perform an in-person examination on a patient or review records from an in-person exam from the past year before making an initial diagnosis for an orthodontic appliance.

Senate Bill 938 updates the license requirements in Florida. Some of the revisions include getting rid of language that requires prepared dental students to wait until their final year of school to apply for licensure and replacing the National Board of Dental Examiners' dental exam with the exam administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.

Both bills would go into effect July 1 if approved, the report said.

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