Summary 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 key facts and figures about working as a licensed dental therapist. The following information is applicable to all Dental hygienists and dental therapists (NOC 32111).
Note that some information in this job profile is based on the 2016 version of the NOC.
Dental hygienists provide dental hygiene treatment and services related to oral health promotion and disease and mouth injury prevention. They are employed in a variety of settings including dentists' offices, hospitals, private clinics, educational institutions, public health agencies or they may be self-employed. Dental therapists provide limited restorative dental treatment in addition to dental hygiene services. They are employed by the federal government and the provincial governments to provide services in rural and remote communities.
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College or apprenticeship
This occupation usually requires a college diploma (community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP), an apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or experience working in a supervisory occupation.
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- 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
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