The Georgia Board of Dentistry has seventeen members. The Board is comprised of thirteen dentists, two dental hygienists and one consumer member who are appointed by the Governor. The Board also has one member appointed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia who is familiar with the education of dental professionals in Georgia.
The Board carries out its responsibility for protecting the public health in the practice of dentistry by regulating and enforcing the standards of practice.
Through the Dental Board's licensure process, the Board ensures that those applying for licensure in this state as a dentist or dental hygienist have acceptable education, training, and personal character to safely practice in Georgia. In carrying out its regulatory functions, the Board sets and defines standards to draw the line between safe and dangerous dental practices.
The Georgia Board of Dentistry fulfills its enforcement responsibilities by identifying and sanctioning those who practice below the accepted standards of the profession or without the necessary qualifications. The Board generally meets once each month.