In March 2012, the Dentistry Examining Board approved a position statement allowing den­tists to delegate the use of lasers by dental hygienists as an adjunct to scaling and root planing.

Training is required, including a hands-on proficiency course provided by a recognized continuing education sponsor. Documentation of proof of training should be maintained.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1Rw70fa to review the DEB position statement.