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Welcome to The Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association! 

A strong community of dental hygienists here to support your career.

Our mission is to unite and empower dental hygienists to enhance the public's oral and overall health while increasing awareness of the dental hygiene profession.Our mission is to unite and empower dental hygienists to enhance the public's oral and overall health while increasing awareness of the dental hygiene profession.

Are you interested in joining?

We would like to invite you to the only association in Illinois that is dedicated to protecting and promoting the dental hygiene profession, committed to you and your professional success. With an IDHA membership, you are investing in your professional future.

Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact Informative Session

Missed the info session? Watch the recording!

More information for Dental Licensure Compact available here:


January Updates on Licensure Compact From ADHA!!!

The ADHA strives to ensure dental hygienists' voices are heard at the local, state and national levels. Here are updates on the profession-related advocacy ADHA is working on!

  • The Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact legislation in Virginia has passed unanimously in Committee and in the Senate
  • Legislation supporting dental therapy in Florida passed through the House Healthcare Subcommittee on January 24.
  • The Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact legislation in Indiana has passed in the House and is now moving forward in the Senate

Wisconsin Governor Evers signed legislation today, January 31, 2024, officially enacting dental therapy and the DDH Compact laws in the state. In attendance were Linda Jorgenson, RDH; WI-DHA President Robin Hemerley, RDH; WI-DHA Immediate Past President Jennifer Lehto, RDH; Jenna Linden, BSDH, RDH, CDHC; and ADHA Past President and Your Official ADHA Podcast host Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH, FADHA.


For more details about these legislative initiatives, read the full press release.


Wisconsin is the fourth state to join the DDH Compact. Three more states and the compact will be enacted! For more information on the compact visit the official DDH Compact website.

Upcoming Events


Legislation and government regulations are affecting the scope and future of the practice of dental hygiene. Defend the investment you have made in the dental hygiene profession!

Watch our public service announcement regarding the Public Health Dental Hygienist!

Watch the following video regarding the dental assistant coronal scaling addition to the IL Dental Practice Act. Note that starting January 2023, Dental Assistants (DAs) must have a 32-hour Coronal Scaling certification to perform coronal scaling on children. DAs with a 16-hour scaling certificate were NOT "grandfathered in" and may NOT continue providing coronal scaling until they complete the requirements for the new certification.

President Lori McNamara's Message for 2024

Viva Learning Online Course: Implicit Bias

Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Illinois Requirement

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Course

As requested from College of Lake County Dental Hygiene Program Regarding 2024 Accreditation

Important Legislative Updates

Thank You to our Annual Sponsors

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