GBOD Issues Statement on Communicable Diseases

The Georgia Board of Dentistry would like to remind all practitioners that per Rule 150-8-.01(a), “failing to conform to current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) for preventing transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, and all other communicable diseases to patients…” is considered unprofessional conduct and may result in disciplinary action being taken against his/her license. This includes guidelines related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Board has previously urged all practitioners to closely monitor and abide by CDC and Department of Public Health guidelines. If the Board is notified that any practitioner is failing to conform to the current CDC guidelines, that practitioner will be contacted by the Board and may face disciplinary action.

While the Board is not authorized to limit or close practices, if you would like to submit a complaint against a specific practitioner for failing to abide by CDC guidelines, please use the Board’s online complaint form. Any action the Board may choose to take will be against the practitioner’s license and will not result in any form of office closure.