ADA, partners take steps to achieve greater licensure portability for dentists

Improved licensure portability for dentists and dental hygienists is closer than ever, as the American Dental Association continues to work with other agencies to make it a reality.

“Licensure is a process all dentists must go through at least once in their professional lives to practice dentistry. In the U.S., licensure requirements vary state by state,” said Donna Thomas-Moses, D.M.D., chair of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure. “If dentists move across state lines or practice in a state other than where they earned their dental degree, they could face significant burdens on their finances and time as they obtain a new state license.”

The ADA has supported licensure portability for dental professionals for more than 20 years, and in 2018, it established the Coalition for Modernizing Dental Licensure with the American Dental Education Association and American Student Dental Association. The coalition has since grown to include 120 member agencies.

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