The North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners (NDBDE) is a regulatory agency mandated to protect the dental health of the citizens of North Dakota by regulating the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting through the enforcement of laws, rules and policies. The board requires competency and ethical behavior in all areas of the practice of dentistry.
Although the Board adopts rules and may propose laws to regulate the practice of dentistry and the conduct of dental practitioners, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly has the final word when shaping law.
What can the Board do? The Board may take disciplinary action against a practitioner who violates the laws or rules pertaining to dentistry. The Board cannot represent citizens who see to recover fees paid or remedies for injuries. The Board cannot give legal advice to individuals about their rights or represent them in any action. It is important to note that the Board staff cannot provide legal advice or answer questions about insurance. Members of the Board may not discuss active investigations.
What is the difference between the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners (NDBDE), a public board and the North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA)?
The NDBDE is the state entity that regulates the practice of dentistry. To practice dentistry and dental hygiene, a practitioner must be licensed and registered with the Board. Dental assistants providing expanded duties must be registered with the Board. The Board of Dental Examiners represent the public interest.
In contrast, the NDDA, like the American Dental Association, is a member driven organization; membership is optional. The ND Dental Association, the ND Dental Hygienists’ Association and the ND Dental Assistants’ Association represent the members they serve.
The ND Board of Dental Examiners is an entity of State government. The meetings of the ND Board of Dental Examiners are open to the public. The Board is not affiliated with any national or state dental, dental hygiene, or dental assisting membership organization.
When calling the Board Office who should I ask for? When you contact the ND State Board of Dental Examiners, the Board’s administrative assistant may answer general questions or refer you to the appropriate individual. Because the Board staff is limited, you may need to leave a message. Calls are returned in the order in which they are received.