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NMDHA at Work For You

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What does NMDHA do for members?

  • NMDHA gives the NM Board of Dental Health Care input to all proposed rule changes affecting dental hygiene practice. Most recently, this included rules regarding the use of lasers by dental hygienists and collaborative practice. Pending now are rules for mobile dental clinics and non-dentist owners.

Statutory changes effected by NMDHA include:

  • Local anesthesia under general supervision
  • Limited prescriptive authority
  • Assessment for sealant application without a dental exam
  • Fluoride treatments without supervision

NMDHA also contributed to earlier gains:

  • Administration of local anesthesia
  • General supervision
  • Self-regulation
  • Licensure by credentials
  • Collaborative practice
  • Medicaid provider status

It is only through membership and volunteerism that your profession has come so far and it is only through membership and volunteerism that your profession can continue to move forward.

Membership Application forms can be found on the Membership page or go to adha.org.

NMDHA represents the interests of over 1300 dental hygienists in New Mexico. This non-profit, volunteer based professional association serves all dental hygienists in New Mexico.

Our Mission

To represent dental hygienists in continuing to improve the oral health of our community by being innovative in increasing access to quality oral healthcare.

Vision Statement

To elevate the dental hygiene profession by promoting education, expanding the opportunities for practice, and enhancing access to quality oral healthcare.

Our Goals

  • Serve as the recognized authority for the profession of dental hygiene
  • Promote consumer advocacy in oral health care as part of total health
  • Achieve autonomy of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice
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