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North Carolina governor signs teledentistry bill into law

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently signed into law Senate Bill 146, establishing standards for teledentistry in the state, the Triangle Business Journal reported July 27.

The law authorizes state-licensed dentists and dental hygienists to use teledentistry, the latter of which can practice without the presence of a dentist. The law also allows registered hygienists to administer local anesthetic to patients.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Perry, R-Lenoir, received widespread support from local dentists and organizations, and was passed through the state's Senate and House earlier this month.

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