Licensing Fee Changes Could Be Connected To Dental Suspensions

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Some health advocates call it a nightmare in a state that's known for poor dental care.

Nearly two hundred Kentucky dentists were recently suspended after a change was made in the way dentists renew their licenses.

Some Kentucky dentists had to close their offices waiting for license renewals to clear.

Many dentists say it just doesn't make sense for an area already struggling with poor dental health..

The Kentucky Board of Dentistry suspended more than 180 dentists who missed a December 31st deadline.

“In the state of Kentucky, dentists and hygienists renew our license every two years,” Dr. James Jolly said.

But many say a change in the renewal process may have caught a few people off guard.

“They decided to do it online only this year,” Dr. Jolly said.

Jolly was not suspended, but says he and other dentists were used to renewing by mail.

“We paid by written form and we expected that to come again in the mail this year, and when it didn't, I guess some of us were surprised,” Dr. Jolly said.

Many dental professionals were furious at the license suspensions because of Kentucky's already poor dental health.

The temporary suspension meant more customers could go without care longer.

“Kentucky, like most states has a need for dentists. Our dental IQ is improving, but we're still lagging behind,” Dr. Jolly said.

Another dentist in Perry County says he was forced to close his office for a week because of his late license renewal.

He says he postponed all appointments that he could while trying to get others into nearby dental clinics.

The 187 dentists who had their licenses suspended are now back to work..


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