Dentist refers to a person who is a holder of a valid certificate of registration and professional identification card in Dentistry who renders dental service within the meaning and intent of Reublic Act No. 9484 and who, for a fee, salary, compensation or reward, paid to him/her or through another, or even without such compensation or reward, performs any operation or part of an operation, upon the human oral cavity, jaws, teeth and surrounding tissues; prescribes drugs or medicines for the treatment of oral diseases or lesions, or prevents and/or corrects malpositions of the teeth or implantation of artificial substitutes for lost teeth; and teaches subjects in the licensure examination; or engages in dental research.

Board refers to the Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry in the Philippines.

A licensure examination is required to be undergone by all applicants for registration for the practice of Dentistry. The exam is to be given by the Board of Dentistry in places and dates as the Commission may designate subject to the compliance with the requirements prescribed by the Commission in accordance with Philippine Dental Act of 2007.

Applicants for board examination shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board:
a. He/She is a citizen of the Philippines, or if a foreigner, must prove that the country of which he/she is a subject or citizen permits Filipino dentists to practice within its territorial jurisdiction on the same basis as the subjects or citizens of such country.
b. He/She has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude.
c. He/She is a graduate of a recognized and legally constituted university, college, school or institute with a degree of doctor of dental medicine or its equivalent.
d. He/She has completed the refresher course required after failing three (3) consecutive licensure examinations

Scope of Dentist Board Examination

The examination shall include but not limited to:
1. General anatomy
2. Oral anatomy
3. General and microscopic anatomy and embryology
4. General and oral physiology
5. General and oral pathology
6. Pharmacology
7. Microbiology
8. Nutrition
9. Dental materials
10. Restorative dentistry
11. Prosthodontics
12. Orthodontics
13. Pedodontics
14. Pediatric dentistry
15. Oral physiology
16. Anesthesiology
17. Oral diagnosis and treatment planning
18. Endodontics
19. Periodontics
20. Roentgenology
21. Oral surgery
22. Dental jurisprudence and ethics
23. Community dentistry
24. Practice management.

The board examination shall consist of both written and practical tests and in order to pass the examination, an examinee must obtain a GWA of at least seventy-five percent (75%), with no rating below fifty percent (50%) in any subject.

The ratings obtained by each examinee shall be submitted by Board of Dentistry to the Commission within twenty (20) days after the last day of examination unless extended for just cause.

Oath of Profession

All successful examinees shall be required to take a professional oath before any member of the Board of Dentistry or any other person authorized by the PRC or by law before they start their practice.

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