Skills Licensed Dental Therapist in Canada

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "licensed dental therapist" was moved from the group Dental hygienists and dental therapists (NOC 3222) to the group Dental hygienists and dental therapists (NOC 32111).

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a licensed dental therapist in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Dental hygienists and dental therapists (NOC 32111).


  • Conduct initial dental assessments and consult with dentists on patient care
  • Supervise dental assistants in their health care functions
  • Take dental impressions
  • Instruct patients regarding oral hygiene
  • Clean and stimulate the gums to prevent gum disease
  • Remove stains and deposits from teeth
  • Apply fluoride treatment
  • Take, develop and mount X-rays
  • Apply and remove temporary dressings
  • Diagnose type and severity of diseases
  • Administer local anesthetics
  • Perform routine extraction of teeth
  • Remove sutures
  • Fill cavities
  • Perform restorative and orthodontic procedures under the direction of a dentist
  • Replace portions of crowns and perform other restoration techniques

Skills and Knowledge Checklist

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.


  • Analysis Help -
    • Analyzing Information
  • Service and Care Help -
    • Treating People/Animals
    • Serving Others
  • Management Help -
    • Supervising
  • Communication Help -
    • Teaching and Training
  • Information Handling Help -
    • Processing Information
  • Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery Help -
    • Using Specialized Instrumentation and Equipment


  • Mathematics and Science Help -
    • Biology
  • Business, Finance and Management Help -
    • Client Service
  • Health Services Help -
    • Medicine
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