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Dental Shortage Areas

There are a number of areas in South Dakota that have been designated as Dental Health Profession Shortage Areas in South Dakota.  Dentists locating in these areas may qualify for financial incentives including loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps.  Many of these areas have an existing private practicing dentist, community health center dental clinic, or an Indian Health Service dental clinic. 

A map of Dental Health Profession Shortage Areas in South Dakota can be viewed on the SD Department of Health web site athttp://doh.sd.gov/RuralHealth/shortage.aspx.
 
To learn about the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program go to: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/.
 

SDDA News

2016 Legislative Session 
 

House Bill 1104 would allow more flexibility in the way dentists supervise dental hygienists working under collaborative supervision and strikes the special exemption given to Delta Dental two years ago for their pilot project on the Reservations.    

The bill adds the term “oral health review” to the Dental Practice Act defining it as a “limited assessment of a person's oral health through a dentist's review of dental and medical history following a limited clinical inspection by a dental hygienist working under collaborative supervision.”