Rules, Regs and Policies

Rules and Regulations


To access the Rules of the Tennessee Board of Dentistry click here.

  • Change in the Definition of a Registered Dental Hygienist. In 2011 the Tennessee Legislature unanimously passed a bill that updated the definition of a Registered Dental Hygienist.  To read the updated definition, click here and scroll down the page to Public Chapter 132.
  • Change in General Supervision for all Dental Hygienists in the state of Tennessee. The time period between the examination of a patient by a supervising dentist and the service provided by a dental hygienist has been extended from seven (7) months to eleven (11) months. This is exciting news because it expands the dental hygienist’s scope of practice. To read the updated information in its entirety click here and scroll down the page to Public Chapter 945.

To read additional Legislative Updates from the Tennessee Board of Dentistry, click here