How to get licensed

Dental health professionals must apply for and renew their licenses with the Department of Health. The Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry ensures that all dentists and dental hygienists practicing in Rhode Island meet the requirements for licensure and comply with the applicable conditions and regulations of the law.

Continuing Education/Training

Lectures on Dental Fields for College-level Students

The Oral Health Program, in cooperation with local dentists, will have a series on dental fields for students at Rhode Island's colleges and universities. The plan is to have pizza and social time in the half-hour between the presentations.

March 1 is "rain/snow make-up date". Students must register. The links above are to the registration page. Registration closes 3 days prior to the event.

2018 Dentistry Mini-Residency: Communication Tools and Trends

The Oral Health Program will host its 2018 Dentistry Mini-Residency on March 9 and 10, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental residents/students are welcome to attend. This year's theme is "Communication Tools and Trends", and topics include:

  • Dentistry's role in overdose prevention and substance abuse disorders
  • Using interpreters and translation services in the dental office
  • Preventing Oropharyngeal cancer with HPV disease and vaccine education
  • Best practices in referral for tobacco cessation
  • Caring for the fearful dental patient

Twelve hours of continuing education credit is available. Registration is required. Please see agenda and registration form (last page) and send back the registration form by March 5, 2018.

Continuing Education Opportunities for Dental Professionals

Recommended Best Practices

Managing Pain After Dental Surgery

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) . Check the PDMP each time you dispense/prescribe a controlled substance to help prevent fraudlent prescriptions from being filled. This will also help identify suspected pharmacy/doctor "shopping."

Contact us for PDMP support.

Safe Opioid Prescribing

Board of Examiners in Dentistry