Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Protecting the Public: Dental License Verification

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other dental healthcare professionals are subject to regulatory oversight by each of the individual states in which they practice.  While licensing requirements vary from state-to-state, the core objective of dental regulators everywhere is to protect the public from unqualified individuals offering or delivering dental care services.  This is accomplished by establishing standards, educational and otherwise, which individuals must satisfy in order to obtain a license to deliver dental care services. Similarly, dental licensing authorities establish standards which practitioners must attain in order to periodically renew their license to practice.  When licensees fail to meet established standards, dental licensing authorities can impose a range of disciplinary measures against offending practitioners, including, in the most egregious situations, the suspension or revocation of an individuals license to practice. 

In order to assist the public, as well as credentialing professionals working for hospitals, health plans and other entities needing to confirm the license status of dental care practitioners, dental licensing authorities in each state provide online license verification tools.  To find state-operated online tools that permit the public to confirm the license status of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other dental healthcare professionals, visit our resource page:

Health Guide USA Dental License Lookup

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