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RDH friend of mine in Ca posted on Facebook a pic of her cleaning her mom’s teeth at her parents house. Said she just did her a favor & cleaned lower ants since it was bugging her. Is that okay to post? Didn’t want to bring it up to her until I was sure.



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Anyone can post anything; the question is should she be scaling or “performing hygiene services” without the supervision (direct, indirect, general) of a dentist or without an exam from a dentist prior, per California’s Dental Practice Act. When skimming California’s Dental Practice Act I found:
 
1912: Any procedure performed or service provided by a registered
dental hygienist that does not specifically require direct
supervision shall require general supervision, so long as it does not
give rise to a situation in the dentist’s office requiring immediate
services for alleviation of severe pain, or immediate diagnosis and
treatment of unforeseeable dental conditions that, if not immediately
diagnosed and treated, would lead to serious disability or death.
 
However, California does have extended functions/alternative practice/direct access and I’m unsure if your friend has that license/permit and if so, what supervision that falls under. Each state’s practice act is different and I’m in Oregon, so I wouldn’t want to guess at any laws in California.
 
To answer your question with the most accuracy, I would call California’s Dental Board directly and ask (you don’t have to give your name or your friend’s). They should have the answer as they make the regulations. It’s always best to get your answer directly from the source.

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