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    The Mission of the Oregon Board of Dentistry is to promote high quality oral health care in the State of Oregon by equitably regulating dental professionals.
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Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2019

Following is the link to the OBD's colored version of the rule changes, that will go into effect January 1, 2019:

 Cultural Competence Continuing Education (CE)

 House Bill (HB) 2611 passed into law (ORS 413.450), creating requirements for Oregon Health Authority (OHA), through Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), to provide resources and support for improving the cultural competence of regulated health care professionals in Oregon and to report to the Oregon Legislative Assembly about their level of participation in cultural competence education.  (Cultural Competence CE Brief​​​)


·        The OBD encourages all Licensees to pursue ongoing continuing education opportunities in cultural competency.

·        The OBD considers cultural competency relevant to the current practice of all licensees, and licensees may use this CE towards their required CE hours.  However, please note that the OBD has no hourly requirement for CE in cultural competency.


Find an OHA-Approved CCE Training

This is a growing list of OHA-approved training opportunities, based upon criteria for high quality cultural competency education: Registry

As the registry is updated on a regular basis, please check back frequently for changes.

Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020

Affirmative Action 2017-2019​

Infection Control Requirement

Clarification on Radiographs

​​​Oregon Prescription​ Drug Monitoring Program

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse by Dentists​

Annual Performance Measures

Oral Health Screening Policy

2019-2021 Agency Request Budget​​

Radiation Protection Services - Informational Bulletin - Lead Aprons



Customer Service Survey Annual Report 2015-2016


HB 4143 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

New legislation was just passed in February 2018, along with a temporary rule enacted by the OHA in April 2018, that requires all dentists with an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration to register with the PDMP by July 1, 2018.

Following is the link to register with PDMP:

                                 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program ​

Following is the link to review:

                                 OHA PDMP Temporary Rule Implementation

                                 HB 4143 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

  • Board of Pharmacy Rules

Effective December 1, 2017, the Oregon Board of Pharmacy (OBP) adopted Dispensing Practitioner Drug Outlet Rules.  Following is the link to review the notification:

          Dispensing Practitioner Drug outlet Interested Parties Memo

Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: 

As of October 25, 2018 the Oregon Health Authority in conjunction with the Board of Dentistry and other healthcare regulatory boards adopted updated opioid prescribing guidelines.  Following are the links to the Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines as well as HB 2114:

Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines​

Rule Changes & Other News

The Board held a public rulemaking hearing on October 20, 2016. At its regular Board meeting on October 21, 2016, the Board voted on to adopt a new rule to be effective November 1, 2016. The Board also voted on to adopt 4 other new rules, amended 26 other rules and chose to repeal 8 existing rules - all of these changes are effective March 1, 2017.

 The information regarding the new rule - OAR 818-001-0083 Relief from Public Disclosure, which is effective Nov. 1st, can be viewed at this link OAR 818-001-0083.  Any Licensee that is interested in taking advantage of this new rule should contact the Executive Director, Stephen Prisby. Your request will be submitted and considered by the full Board at its next Board Meeting.

 The information regarding the other rule changes, which are effective March 1, 2017, can be viewed at this link All Rules – Effective March 1- 2017​​​.


Oregon Dental Association (ODA) Best Management Practices (BMP)- UPDATE

All Oregon dentists should be aware that the ODA’s BMP has implemented a new rule effective October 24, 2016, that prohibits the use of oxidizing line cleaners used in conjunction with Amalgam Separators. Line cleansers with bleach can dissolve mercury from amalgam particles in dental wastewater.  The rule has been updated in the ODA’s Best Management Practices (BMP) to reflect the following addition: “Line cleansers with bleach can dissolve mercury from amalgam particles in dental wastewater. Use line cleansers that do not contain bleach or chlorine”.

For a list of safe line cleansers can be view at this link:  http://www.oregondental.org/government-affairs/regulatory-information/amalgam.​


 “ORS 679.520 Treatment of dental waste materials containing mercury. (1) A dentist who places in or removes from the human oral cavity dental materials containing mercury shall:

      (a) Implement and maintain best management practices of dental wastes as developed by the Oregon Dental Association to prevent amalgam waste and mercury from entering the air, sewage systems, waterways and garbage;”


 Effective July 1, 2016 the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) will be processing all of Oregon’s dental assisting certifications including Certification by Credentials.


For information on becoming certified by Credential in Oregon, please contact DANB after July 1 to obtain application forms.  All other pathways to obtain certification in Oregon are available on DANB’s website at http://www.danb.org/Home/Meet%20State%20Requirements/State-Specific-Information/Oregon.aspx


If you have any questions, regarding obtaining an Oregon certification, please call 1-800-367-3262 or email danbmail@danb.org




Verification of Oregon Dental Assistant Certifications

 Following is the link to verify if a dental assistant is certified in Oregon:



      *Effective January 1, 2015 all Licensees must maintain at a minimum a current BLS for Healthcare Providers certificate or its equivalent.