Becoming a Board Member
The Minnesota Board of Dentistry strives to promote and protect public health while ensuring adequate standards of safety, competency, and ethical practice by dental professionals.
The state legislature designated the Board of Dentistry as the regulatory body for dental professionals in Minnesota. Since 1985, the Board has operated as an independent state agency. As an entity within the Executive Branch of the state government, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry exercises quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial authority, according to Minnesota Statute 150A
The Board promotes and protects public health and safety through:
1. Licensure: The Board has established minimum competency requirements for licensure, especially regarding education and examinations.
2. Continued Competency: The Board has established professional development requirements ensuring lifelong learning and competence for dental professionals.
3. Complaints and Compliance: The Board enforces established statutes and rules and responds to complaints regarding dental professionals and practices.
4. Policy: The Board works with the legislature, governor's office, professional associations, and other stakeholders to ensure the relevance of the Board’s regulations.
The Board of Dentistry regulates over 17,500 dental professionals in the State of Minnesota. This includes:
• More than 7,000 dental assistants
• Around 4,000 dentists
• Close to 6,000 dental hygienists
• More than 98 dental therapists
The Board has 11 full-time staff. Board members regularly interact with staff through the Board’s Executive Director, who also acts as the Chief Executive Officer. While Board members provide general direction and oversight, the Executive Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Board.
The governor appoints members to four-year-long terms of service. The governor may re-appoint a Board member, but no one may serve more than two consecutive terms. We anticipate active, hands-on participation from Board members during each meeting. Applicants hoping to fill a seat on our Board must dedicate themselves to attending on- and off-site meetings. They must also willingly devote their time to preparing for meetings. Committee assignments may impact the time commitment requirements of Board members. Involved Board members should anticipate dedicating, on average, eight hours weekly to Board activities. We also expect Board members to have a working knowledge of the Dental Practice Act. In accordance with the Commissioner’s Plan and Board Policy, Board members may request reimbursements for expenses incurred while carrying out the Board’s business.
The Board has nine members, which includes:
• 5 dentists
• 1 dental hygienist
• 1 dental assistant
• 2 public members
Full Board Meetings
The Full Board meets four times each year.
Committees meet periodically throughout the year. The following Committees have been established by the Board to carry out its business:
Internal Operating Policies and Procedures (IOPP)
The IOPP helps potential Board members understand committees, Board member expectations, staff responsibilities, and the Code of Conduct. Read the full IOPP here
Are you interested in joining our Board?
Prospective Board members should:
2. Thoroughly review the Board’s website