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About dentists

Dentists are regulated health professionals who are experts in oral health. Dentists treat diseases, conditions and disorders of the teeth, mouth and surrounding tissues and structures to contribute to oral health and general well-being. They may work with dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and receptionists.  

A dentist practises in private practice clinics, hospitals, universities and public health facilities.

CIHI collects high-level, standardized information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. This includes information on their supply, distribution, demographics and regulatory environment. To find out more about CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

Learn more about dentists in our recent release on Canada’s health care providers.