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To protect the public and our employees, the Oregon Board of Dentistry's Board office will be closed to the public, effective immediately and until further notice.  Board staff are available to assist you via telephone at 971-673-3200 or at

At its August 21, 2020, meeting the Board voted to implement the proposed temporary licensure rules requiring that the clinical licensure examinations include at a minimum a clinical portion demonstrating psychomotor competency utilizing a typodont mounted in a manikin or live patient (proposed changes to OARs). The temporary rule changes would go into effect January 31, 2021.

CDC Guidance for Dental Settings (Updated August 28, 2020)

Oregon OSHA and OHA Guidelines

OHA Clinical Care, and Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for COVID-19 (July 22, 2020)

Beware of Scammers

The DEA and the OBD are aware of various scammers claiming to be Board staff to gain confidential information and possibly extort Licensees for money or information. The OBD will never ask for payment by phone or email. 
The Board also voted to extend the extension for licensees and applicants whose BLS/CPR and/or ACLS/PALS certifications that lapsed/expires between March 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020.  Licensees will have until October 31, 2020 to renew their certifications if they are unable to do so due to the pandemic.

OBD COVID-19 FAQs (updated August 31, 2020)
FDA Guidance Restricts Use of KN95 Respirators
On May 9, 2020 - Oregon announcement by state health and safety officials follows federal restrictions
Governor Kate Brown Releases Plan for Rebuilding a Safe and Strong Oregon
On May 7, 2020 Governor Kate Brown announced new details of her framework for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon, including new guidelines for counties and business on the phased reopening process.  The guidance is the product of a robust engagement process with stakeholders, doctors, health experts, business owners, and local officials to chart a path forward while keeping Oregonians healthy and safe.
May 6, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guidance for Resumption of Non-Emergent and Elective Procedures
On April 30 and May 1, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued guidance implementing the Governor's Executive Order (EO) 20-22 that allowed the resumption of non-emergent and elective procedures on and after May 1, 2020. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), medical and dental offices, veterinary clinics, and other care settings must comply with OHA's guidance before resuming non-emergent and elective procedures. The guidance can be found at

The following information is intended to clarify aspects of the guidance.
For the latest information on the coronavirus in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority.

SERV-OR - Volunteer Registry

The OBD supports dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants signing up on the state's volunteer registry to be a resource for the current pandemic and future events.
Please sign up to volunteer through SERV-OR (State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon):

Governor Kate Brown has been consulting with the CDC, the Oregon Health Authority, state agencies and other public health experts on the best policies to slow the spread of COVID-19. This website will have the most accurate, helpful information and resources for Oregonians. This website will also take you to her Executive Orders, that direct the OBD and our Licensees on important actions that must be taken during this pandemic.

Welcome to our new website.  We appreciate your patience as you navigate it and become used to it. We also have a new web survey and appreciate your feedback on any aspect of our service and support to you. The survey will only take a minute-  click on this link

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