The Board of Dentistry is the second oldest licensing board in Oregon, created by an act of the Legislature on February 23, 1887. The mission of the board is to protect the public by assuring that the citizens of Oregon receive the highest quality oral health care possible.
The goals of the board are to protect the public from unsafe, incompetent or fraudulent practitioners and to encourage licensees to practice safely and competently in the best interests of their patients. The board does this by testing the competency of applicants through written and clinical examinations; requiring continuing education of all licensees; investigating complaints and enforcing the provisions of the Dental Practice Act and rules of the board; communicating board policies and other pertinent information to all licensees on a regular basis; acting as a resource to consumers in determining the adequacy of their dental treatment; and working with other health care boards and associations to develop partnerships for forging a viable health care delivery system.
The activities of the board are funded from license application, renewal, examination and permit fees paid by dentists and dental hygienists. No state General Funds (tax revenues) are allocated for its operations.
Mailing Address: 1500 SW First Ave., Suite 770, Portland 97201
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 679