Welcome to the Dental Board of California

Welcome to the Dental Board of California









The Dental Board of California (Board) established a seven member Dental Assisting Council which considers all matters relating to dental assistants in California and makes recommendations to the Board and the standing committees of the Board. A vacancy exists for an RDA or RDAEF who is currently a faculty member of a Board approved RDA educational program.

The Board is now accepting applications from candidates who meet the following requirements:

  1. Employed as a faculty member of a registered dental Assisting educational program approved by the Board, and shall have been so employed for at least the prior five years.
  2. Hold a current and active RDA or RDAEF license for at least the prior five years.
  3. Cannot be employed by a current member of the Dental Board.

Refer to the application for additional qualification requirements. If interested, please complete the application and return it along with a cover letter and résumé to the Dental Board.

Applications must be received by the Dental Board by Friday, May 2, 2014


(Effective December 7, 2012)

Sponsored Free Health Care Events

On December 7, 2012 a new regulation, implementing Business and Professions Code Section 901, will go into effect. This regulation governs the requirements and procedures to authorize out-of-state dental practitioners with valid, current, and active licenses to participate in sponsored free health care events in California. For additional information, please click here.


(Effective November 28, 2012)

Notice of Licensure by the Dental Board

On November 28, 2012 a new regulation, required by Business and Professions Code Sections 138 and 1611.3, will go into effect requiring licensed dentists engaged in the practice of dentistry to provide conspicuous notification that dentists in California are licensed and regulated by the Dental Board of California. The notice is required to be prominently posted in a conspicuous location accessible to public view on the premises where the dentist provides the licensed services. For additional information, please click here.



Now accepting applications for both the northern and southern committees. More specifically, one public member is needed for Southern California; one Dentist and one licensed physician or psychologist are needed for Northern California. These committees assist the Board in evaluating licensees who may be impaired due to the abuse of alcohol or drugs. Each committee is composed of three dentists, one dental auxiliary, one physician or psychologist, and one public member who all have experience or knowledge in the field of chemical dependency. Diversion Committee members are appointed by the Board and serve at the Board's pleasure. In making a determination to apply, the following factors should be considered:

  1. Expertise - Members must have experience or knowledge in the field of chemical dependency.
  2. Time - A minimum of 4 days per year will be required for committee meetings. Committee members must also be available for telephone consultation with participants and program staff. Terms are four years.
  3. Reimbursement - Committee members will be reimbursed for expenses (i.e., transportation, meals, and lodging at the prevailing State rate) and will receive $100/day for each committee meeting. In addition, members receive the satisfaction of providing valuable service to the public and the dental community.
  4. Responsibilities - With assistance from other committee members and the clinical case manager, evaluate and determine which applicants will be admitted to the program; develop a rehabilitation plan for each participant; determine whether the participant may with safety continue or resume the practice of dentistry; and receive and review information pertaining to participants.


If you have any questions regarding the DEC application or the Diversion Program, please contact the Dental Board's Diversion Program Manager, Lori Reis, at 916-263-2300.



The Board has received many inquiries regarding the use of Botox and similar drugs. Under California law, dentistry is defined, in pertinent part, as “diagnosis or treatment, by surgery or other method, of diseases and lesions and the correction of malpositions of the human teeth, alveolar process, gums, jaws, or associated structures; and such diagnosis or treatment may include all necessary related procedures as well as the use of drugs, anesthetic agents, and physical evaluation…” (Business and Professions Code section 1625). A dentist may, therefore, use any legally prescribed drugs to treat patients as long as the treatment is within the aforementioned scope of practice.

A licensed California dentist who has been granted a permit to perform elective facial cosmetic surgery may utilize Botox and similar drugs purely for cosmetic purposes as long as it is legally prescribed and within the scope of practice for their permit (see Business and Professions Code section 1638.1). Please note that some permit holders may not be authorized to perform all cosmetic surgery procedures within the scope of the elective facial cosmetic surgery permit.

Additionally it should be noted that all procedures authorized under the Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery permit must be performed in an acute care hospital or a certified surgical center as defined in Business and Professions Code section 1638.1(f).


Effective July 1, 2012, the Dental Board of California is required to deny an application for licensure or suspend a license/certificate/registration if a licensee or applicant has outstanding tax obligations due to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or the State Board of Equalization (BOE) and appears on either the FTB or BOE's certified lists of top 500 tax delinquencies over $100,000. (AB 1424, Perea, Chapter 455, Statutes of 2011)

Once it has been determined that an applicant or a licensee is on a certified list, the applicant or licensee has 90 days from the issuance of a “Preliminary Notice of the Intent to Suspend or Withhold Issuance or Renewal of the License” to either satisfy all outstanding tax obligations or enter into a payment installment program with the FTB or BOE. Any such person who fails to come into compliance will have his/her license denied or suspended until the Dental Board of California receives a release from the FTB or BOE. The form for requesting a release will be included with the preliminary notice of suspension or denial.

The law prohibits the Dental Board of California from refunding any money paid for the issuance or renewal of a license where the license is denied or suspended as required by AB 1424 for failure to pay taxes.

The FTB and BOE are currently expanding the certified lists from 250 to 500, but you can check if you are currently on the FTB's certified list at: www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/txdlnqnt.shtml or the BOE's certified list at: www.boe.ca.gov/cgi-bin/deliq.cgi. If you believe you are on either list in error, please call the FTB at (866) 418-3702 or the BOE at 916-323-8624.


Our mission is to protect the health and safety of consumers.

The Board:

  • Licenses qualified dental health care professionals;
  • Takes action to enforce compliance of the Dental Practice Act and State of California laws;
  • Strives to enhance the education of consumers and licensees.
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