ORS 680.020¹
Practice of dental hygiene without license prohibited
  • applicability of dental hygiene license requirement

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person not otherwise authorized by law to practice dental hygiene or purport to be a dental hygienist without a valid license to practice dental hygiene issued by the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

(2) The requirements of this section shall not apply to:

(a) Dental hygienists licensed in another state making a clinical presentation sponsored by a bona fide dental or dental hygiene society or association or an accredited dental or dental hygiene education program approved by the board.

(b) Bona fide full-time students of dental hygiene who, during the period of their enrollment and as a part of the course of study in an Oregon dental hygiene education program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, or its successor agency, if any, which must have been approved by the board, engage in clinical studies on the premises of such program or in a clinical setting located off the premises if the facility, the instructional staff, and the course of study at the off-premises location meet minimum requirements prescribed by the rules of the board and the clinical study is performed under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty.

(c) Bona fide full-time students of dental hygiene who, during the period of their enrollment and as a part of the course of study in a dental hygiene education program located outside of Oregon that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or its successor agency, engage in community-based or clinical studies as an elective or required rotation in a clinical setting located in Oregon if the community-based or clinical studies meet minimum requirements prescribed by the rules of the board and are performed under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty of the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry or another Oregon university with an accredited dental hygiene education program approved by the board.

(d) Candidates who are preparing for licensure examination to practice dental hygiene and whose application has been accepted by the board or its agent, if such clinical preparation is conducted in a clinic located on premises approved for that purpose by the board and if the procedures are limited to examination only.

(e) Dental hygienists practicing in the discharge of official duties as employees of the United States Government and any of its agencies.

(f) Instructors of dental hygiene, whether full- or part-time, while exclusively engaged in teaching activities and while employed in accredited dental hygiene educational programs.

(g) Dental hygienists employed by public health agencies who are not engaged in direct delivery of clinical dental hygiene services to patients.

(h) Counselors and health assistants who have been trained in the application of fluoride varnishes to the teeth of children and who apply fluoride varnishes only to the teeth of children enrolled in or receiving services from the Women, Infants and Children Program, the Oregon prekindergarten program or a federal Head Start grant program. [Amended by 1963 c.266 §2; 1983 c.169 §19; 2003 c.310 §2; 2005 c.504 §2; 2007 c.379 §5]

Chapter 680

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Where liability lies as between physician or dentist who signs state­ment of oral health for patient and denturist who prepares dentures, when patient develops denture-related health problems or other oral difficulty, (1979) Vol 39, p 670; Personal direc­tion and general supervision require­ment of licensing pro­vi­sions for dental hygienists, (1981) Vol. 42, p 165

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 680—Dental Hygienists; Denturists, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors680.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 680, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­680ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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