Ohio Dental Association Applauds Ohio Senate’s Passage of Senate Bill 40

The Ohio Dental Association (ODA) commended the Ohio Senate for passage of Senate Bill 40, which joins the state of Ohio to the newly created Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact.

ODA President Dr. Lori Fitzgerald, a general dentist from Canfield, Ohio, said, “we appreciate the Ohio Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 40, which would make Ohio one of the first states to join the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Licensure Compact. This legislation will foster freedom of movement for dentists and dental hygienists, reduce barriers to licensure, and allow Ohio to attract dental professionals into our state.”

ODA Executive Director David Owsiany said, “the Ohio Dental Association commends the work of Senator Kristina Roegner, Health Committee Chair Senator Stephen Huffman, and the entire Senate for their support of this important legislation, which promotes licensure reform by enhancing reciprocity and portability while maintaining appropriate state oversight. We look forward to working with the members of the Ohio House of Representatives to continue the momentum on this vital issue.”

The Ohio Dental Association represents more than 5,000 member dentists across the state of Ohio. ODA member dentists provide more than $40 million in donated care and services annually, and they are bound by the highest ethical standards and have access to superior ongoing education, training, and resources.