Florida’s smile gets brighter: Gov. DeSantis signs dental bills
by Lily Fineout

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The laws take effect July 1.

A pair of bills championed by dental and orthodontic groups will become law.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed HB 855 and SB 938. The former establishes new standards for the practice of dentistry and creates new requirements that specifically apply to providers using telehealth while the latter alters requirements for the Board of Dentistry.

HB 855 requires in-person examination and “a dentist of record to remain primarily responsible for all dental treatments for a patient treated through telehealth.”

“So it comes down to accountability and patient safety,” said Eddy J. Sedeño III a Florida orthodontist and member of the American Association of Orthodontists. ”The bill helps patients know who’s actually treating them whenever they have mail order, orthodontics or even mail order, dental care, because that might evolve in the future. And it’s important for a patient’s safety and a patient’s outcome who’s treated you and when you run into issues, to know who you can go to speak to or discuss the situation directly.”

The bill had bipartisan support and was sponsored by Reps. Robin Bartleman, a Democrat from Weston, and Lawrence McClure, a Republican from Dover.

Republican Sen.Jim Boyd sponsored the companion bill.

SB 938, sponsored by Sen. Clay Yarborough, deletes the requirement that out-of-state licensed dentists who apply for and receive a Florida license practice full-time within the state’s geographic boundaries for one year after licensure. It also deletes provisions related to compliance and enforcement of the requirement.

Additionally, Yarborough’s bill strikes out a law requiring dental students wait until their final year of dental school to apply for licensure and updates statutes eliminating language that made clear a dental applicant’s American Dental Examination scores were valid for only one year.

The changes take effect July 1.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 30, 2024 at 8:01 am

    Rhonda might think they have a pair of donkey balls but he really just an hass avocado

    Anybody talk to Hung Lil lately? I hope didn’t hang himself. Probably due to Rick Scott’s stress from cult leader’s jury trial. Regardless, I hope he didn’t hang himself. Even some heroin addicts finally get clear of their addiction. Never give up!

  • Richard D

    May 30, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    A lot of stuff about dental licensing in the article, but dentists assure us that fluoride prevents tooth decay. Since we all imbibe lots of fluoride in our drinking water and dental care products every day, there should be no need for dentists.

    • Jeremy

      May 30, 2024 at 4:39 pm

      That’s a whole bunch of bullshit

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