The practice of dental hygiene includes the following:
(1) Performing a complete prophylaxis, including the removal of any deposit, accretion or stain from the surface of a tooth or a restoration;
(2) Applying a medicinal agent to a tooth for a prophylactic purpose;
(3) Taking a dental X-ray;
(4) Instructing a patient on proper oral hygiene practice;
(5) Placing sealants on a patient's teeth without a prior examination by a licensed dentist: Provided, That for this subdivision, the dental hygienist has a Public Health Practice permit issued by the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners, and subject to a collaborative agreement with a supervising dentist and the patient is referred for a dental examination within six months of sealant application.
(6) Performing all delegated procedures of a dental hygienist specified by rule by the board; and
(7) Performing all delegated procedures of a dental assistant specified by rule by the board. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session