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Mississippi State Board Laser Rules

  • Gingival curettage
  • RDH can’t use lasers. DDS can use laser
  • Email: Are dental hygienists allowed to perform gingival curettage with Biolase? No. Licensed Mississippi dental hygienists are not allowed to perform gingival curettage with Biolase; however, licensed Mississippi dentists may use Biolase for gingival curettage. Refer to  Code Ann. §73-9-3 and Board Regulation 13.  

 Are dental auxiliaries allowed to perform sulcular debridement of periodontal pockets using a Diode dental laser? Also, are dental hygienists allowed to utilize lasers for bacteria reduction and/or reduction of pocket depths? No. At its 02/24/2006 meeting, the Board determined that licensed Mississippi dental hygienists and dental assistants are not allowed to perform sulcular debridement of periodontal pockets using a Diode dental laser. Furthermore, at its 03/12/2010 meeting, the Board considered a request as to whether licensed Mississippi dental hygienists are allowed to use lasers for bacteria reduction and/or reduction of pocket depths. The Board noted this question had been addressed by its 02/24/2006 determination, wherein the Board opined that licensed Mississippi dental hygienists and dental assistants ARE NOT allowed to perform sulcular debridement of periodontal pockets using a Diode dental laser. Refer to Board Regulation 13.”

  • State: MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, ANNOTATED, TITLE 73, CHAPTER 9, DENTISTS 73-9-5–“DENTAL HYGIENE” DEFINED  (1)  For the purpose of this chapter, a dental hygienist shall be an individual who has completed an accredited dental hygiene education program, passed the national dental hygiene board and is licensed by the State Board of Dental Examiners to provide, as an auxiliary to the dentist, preventive care services including, but not limited to, scaling and polishing. In fulfilling these services, dental hygienists provide treatment that helps to prevent oral disease such as dental caries and periodontal disease and for educating patients in prevention of these and other dental problems.”
  • Contact: dental@dentalboard.ms.gov

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