The Canadian Dental Therapists Association strives to inform the public on preventive oral health issues.   We support access to dental treatment and oral diseases prevention for all Canadians.   Please join and support our cause for free oral health care for all and dental public health care reform in Canada.
Dental therapists are trained to provide high-quality, cost-effective primary and emergency dental care.
Standardized techniques and instruments are utilized to perform specific procedures.   Dental therapists are trained to take x-rays, clean teeth, give local anaesthetics, prepare and fill cavities, place stainless-steel crowns and extract teeth.
Dental therapists spend at least 20-25 percent of their time on educational and community activities aimed at preventing dental disease.
The dental therapist generally works in consultation with a licensed dentist in the provision of dental therapy services.   For services beyond the scope of a dental therapist, clients are referred to appropriate healthcare professionals.
The dental therapist provides only those services for which they have been trained through a formal education program and which are within the scope of practice as designated by the regulatory body.
The dental therapist provides dental therapy services in private practice, public health settings, government agencies, health boards, First Nations and Inuit communities , and education facilities.   The dental therapist often works in rural, remote and isolated areas of Canada and sometimes is the primary oral health care professional for the community.
The dental therapist may be employed in a variety of capacities within the health field such as a clinician, educator, administrator, manager, or as a dental consultant.