The Delaware Registered Agents Association says that the number of registered dental Hygienists in Delaware has grown from 17,000 in 2009 to 28,000 today.
The association is calling on state legislators to recognize that registered dental assistants are essential to the dental health of the state.
It is also calling on the state to enact a statewide dental hyGienist credentialing program, which would give dental hyGs the same rights and responsibilities as dental assistants, and allow the profession to be regulated more closely.
The new DSA president, Mike Zuckerman, said that the association’s mission is to help people have a dental care that is safe, effective and convenient for their health.
Zuckerman said that his membership has grown substantially as a result of the association.
We’ve been growing at double digits every year for a number of years, and we’re now getting into the third quarter.
The dental association’s latest numbers show that the profession is growing in Delaware and nationally.
The association has more than 7,000 members, representing more than 200,000 dentists.
In the first quarter of 2018, the association had more than 1,300 registered dental hygiene staff members.
In the same period in 2017, there were 2,800 registered dental aides.
The Association’s president says that there is growing demand for dental assistants in Delaware because of the health care reforms.
He says that Delaware’s dental health is on par with other states in the country, and that the new state’s dental hyGenist credential program would help address that demand.
“We are seeing more and more dentists who are seeking to join our association, and those are the ones who are the most likely to take advantage of the credentialing opportunities that are out there,” Zuckman said.