“The most important thing to me is taking care of vulnerable children in schools and vulnerable adults in nursing homes,” Unterman said. “Cleaning your teeth is one of the basic necessities in life…to prevent gum disease and promote nutrition.”
Under the legislation, a dentist could agree to allow up to four hygienists to go into underserved areas, including nursing homes and rural health clinics. The work would have to be authorized by a dentist. Currently, Georgia law requires that a dentist actually be present in the facility for a hygienist to do such work.