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Present Duties

The mission of the Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) is to ensure that citizens of Oregon receive the highest quality oral health care. The OBD was created in 1887 and it administers the Dental Practice Act, makes rules and establishes standards for licensure and examinations of dentists and dental hygienists. The OBD regulates the use of anesthesia by licensees and certifies dental assistants in radiologic proficiency and other expanded functions.

The OBD is required to investigate alleged violations of the Dental Practice Act and may discipline licensees.

OBD members are appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, and serve four-year terms. There are ten board members: six dentists, one of whom must be a specialist, two dental hygienists and two public members. The OBD has a full-time equivalent staff of seven.

The OBD is supported solely by revenues received from licensees, including application, license, permit and certification fees, and does not receive any taxpayer funds.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1500 SW First Ave., Suite 770, Portland 97201
Telephone: 971-673-3200
Fax: 971-673-3202
General Email:
Contact: Stephen Prisby, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Stephen Prisby
Records Officer Email: Stephen Prisby
Staff Directory from
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 679; 680.010–680.205, 680.990
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog