Recent Legislation

Illinois Public Act 94-409: Dental Emergency Responder passes

US House of Representatives: H.R. 570 Dental Emergency Responder (DER) passes full House

US House of Representative H.R. 307 Passes: Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization ACT

"A dentist or dental hygienist who is a dental emergency responder is deemed to be acting within the bounds of his or her license when providing care during a declared local, state, or national emergency."

Dentists and dental hygienists can support national emergency, disaster, and forensic needs providing clinical care and infrastructure for: "walking well" care, pandemic vaccination support, biometric information, and forensic dentistry. The Illinois Oral Health Care community assists the State of Illinois by providing licensed dental personnel for surge support to major disasters, pandemics, for forensic identification, and other readiness planning needs, as determined by appropriate authorities.

Illinois Dental Practice Act Amendments Passed: "Dental emergency responder" changed to "dental responder." 

"Dental responder" is defined as "a dentist or dental hygienist who is appropriately certified in disaster preparedness, immunizations, and dental humanitarian medical response consistent with the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health and training certified by the National Incident Management System or the National Disaster Life Support Foundation."

Forensic Identification, Biometrics and Technology

The Dental profession has had a long historical role in identifying anthropological remains and missing people. Dentists have unique skill sets assisting law enforcement as critical members of the investigative process. The Oral Health Care community assists local, County, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies providing dental personnel for disaster, pandemic, biometric, forensic and other response needs as determined by appropriate authorities.

     Criminal Justice Information Service

     National Dental Image Repository

     Illinois State Police Clearinghouse for Missing Persons


Technologies used for anthropological, biometric, and forensic dentistry

  • Lasers
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Infra-red Spectroscopy
  • Radiofrequency
  • Terahertz Spectroscopy
  • Plasma Energy