Fearing a possible dental disaster, some Idaho residents are calling for more dentists, and a new bill that would require all dental offices to be certified to be in-house.
The bill, SB 7, is in its final stages of its legislative process and has not yet been sent to the governor, but its sponsors hope it will be signed into law by the end of the year.
The state already has some of the strictest licensing requirements in the nation.
That’s because dentists are required to be licensed by the state in order to practice in the state, and that requirement applies even if they practice elsewhere in the country.
But in the case of dentists in Idaho and elsewhere in North America, that licensing requirement doesn’t apply to those practices.
The law would make the practice of dentistry outside of the state’s borders illegal, and would also make dentists subject to criminal prosecution.
The idea behind SB 7 is that dentists will be more likely to have to go back to their home state to practice.
The dental community has long complained about what they perceive as a lack of oversight from Washington, D.C., and other states about where and when they practice.
“We think that in a lot of cases, it’s not that the state doesn’t have jurisdiction, it just doesn’t seem to be enforced,” said Dan Ritter, executive director of the Idaho Association of Dental Hygienists.
“Dentists have a lot to lose from this bill.”
Idaho has long been known for being a state where dentists aren’t allowed to practice outside of its borders.
The first law to outlaw dental practices outside the state was passed in 1876, and only a few decades later, a new law passed in 1924.
That law, however, did not apply to dentists who practice in Idaho.
In recent years, dental care has changed in the rest of the country as well.
In 2017, the number of dentist visits to emergency rooms increased to more than 14,000, the most recent year for which data is available.
The number of dental visits to a dentist was also up significantly in 2018.
But the dental profession has struggled with a changing health care system in which dental services are becoming less accessible and less affordable, especially for patients in rural areas.
According to the American Dental Association, fewer than 3 percent of adults have insurance coverage for dental care, and more than 40 percent of residents lack access to dental care in rural communities.
In 2016, the state also lost its leading role in the health care workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
That was in part due to the health crisis that followed the 2016 pandemic.
Between October 2015 and January 2016, about 16,000 people died as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The health crisis also put dentists on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.
Dental emergency rooms are still struggling to cope with the increasing number of patients needing treatment, with more than 10,000 cases in 2017.
“The fact that we were in this situation where we lost control of the pandemic, it really put dentistry on the back burner,” Ritter said.
We really don’t know what’s going to happen with the rest, and dentists need to be prepared to take the next step.” “
There is a real lack of trust between the state and the community, and the state is doing a very poor job of supporting the dentists.
We really don’t know what’s going to happen with the rest, and dentists need to be prepared to take the next step.”
SB 7 has received bipartisan support, with Republicans in the legislature and Democrats in the House of Representatives both supporting the bill.
“I think the best thing to do is to take it up the House and get it passed, and then we’ll take it to the Senate,” Rutter said.
If passed, the bill could be considered in the Senate and signed into effect in the next year.
It has been met with opposition from the dental community, who say the bill is a misguided attempt to circumvent state oversight of the industry.
“People who practice dentistry need to know that the safety and health of their patients is always first,” Rimmer said.