The primary objective of the Delaware Board of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene is to protect the general public from unsafe and unprofessional practices. The Board must also maintain standards of professional competence and service delivery. To meet these objectives, the Board
- develops standards for professional competency
- promulgates rules and regulations
- adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.
The Board issues licenses to dentists, dentist academics, dental hygienists and dental residents. The Board also issues three types of permits to dentists and dentist academics who administer anesthesia.