Whereas, The Oregon Dental Association’s objective for its members is to share in the responsibility, with the dental professions, for quality dental care delivery to all; and
Whereas, The Oregon Dental Assistants Association’s objective for its members, is to support and encourage continued education, also to maintain the practice of dental assisting toward the highest standards of performance; and
Whereas, At the direction of the Oregon Board of Dentistry, The Oregon Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Oregon Dental Hygienists Association, Oregon Dental Assistants Association, Oregon Orthodontic Society, Community College Consortium of Dental Assisting and the Oregon Board of Dentistry members participated by committee to develop the standards. The Expanded Function Dental Assistant program was implemented by the Oregon Board of Dentistry; and
Whereas, The original Expanded Function Dental Assistant Program was developed and adopted in 1985 by representatives of the Oregon Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Oregon Dental Hygienists Association, Oregon Orthodontic Society, Community College Consortium of Dental Assisting and the Oregon Board of Dentistry. This program included both written and clinical testing which in the best judgement of the combined committee would evaluate fairly knowledge and skills of potential EFDA dental assistants; and
Whereas, The Oregon Board of Dentistry discontinued clinical testing of EFDA applicants in 1988. The Oregon Dental Assistants Association feels the short duration of the clinical examination was not sufficient time to evaluate worthiness of the program; and
Whereas, The Oregon Board of Dentistry in June 1992 recognized pathways to become an Expanded Function Dental Assistant by written testing by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), clinical recognition by accredited programs and in certain situations clinical recognition through office evaluation; and
Whereas, The Oregon Dental Assistants Association developed position statements for all essential dental assisting categories for certificates and rules for Division 42 in the July 2012 Oregon Board of Dentistry Dental Practice Act.
Resolved, That the Oregon Dental Assistants Association believes the public needs are best met by dental assistants who have demonstrated their knowledge and competencies by meeting the required standardized written and clinical examination of all Expanded Function Dental Assistants.