BORID Regulations for Dentists

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Helping You Understand the Regulations

The Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) is the state agency that governs the practice of dentistry. BORID grants licenses to practice, determines continuing education requirements for dentists and hygienists, and investigates consumer complaints. It is important for all dentists in Massachusetts to be familiar with the regulations in their entirety. 

The MDS encourages members to be especially diligent in reviewing the sections on anesthesia (234 CMR 6.00), continuing education (234 CMR 8.00), and the practice of dentistry (234 CMR 5.00).

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Regulations for Dental Assistants - Open Enrollment

New Content Icon! The Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) adopted amendments to 234 CMR requiring all dental assistants seeking to practice dental assisting in Massachusetts to be licensed. Beginning October 15, 2014, all dental assistants will be required to "register" with the state to obtain a dental assistant license, and pay a registration fee of $60 per applicant. The open enrollment period to obtain a dental assistant license runs from October 15 to  December 31, 2014. ALL dental assistants must be licensed by January 1, 2015. This new licensure requirement applies to all dental assistants, including on-the-job trained (OJT) dental assistants, certified dental assistants (CDA), formally trained dental assistants (FTDA), and expanded function dental assistants (EFDA).


If you have any questions, regarding the requirements for dental assistant licensure, please contact the Board by phone at (617) 973-0924 or by email at here to access the  BORID registration page  and  follow the  online service link located  on the right side of the  page.

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The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry is responsible for licensing dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants for practice in the Commonwealth, establishing rules, regulations, and policies governing the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting, and investigating complaints against licensed dental professionals.

Board members are appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth for up to two 5-year terms, and serve without compensation. They monitor licensee's practice of dentistry to ensure the public that services are provided in accordance with state statutes, Board regulations and policies, including ethical standards. A list of BORID members can be found on their web site. 

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