The Oral Health Care Team

The General Dentist
As the leader of the oral health care team, your dentist works closely with the dental office staff that may include dental assistants, hygienists, therapists and other staff. Each member plays an important role on the oral health care team.

Your general dentist is an oral health expert and knows how the health of your teeth, gums and mouth relates to your general health.


Dental Specialists

A general dentist will refer to a specialist to compliment or enhance the oral care a person is receiving. The referral is often for both diagnosis and treatment and occasionally for a diagnosis and a professional opinion.

There are nine nationally recognized dental specialties in Canada. The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) reviews and accredits the education programs in the nine dental specialties.


Dental Public Health
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Medicine and Pathology
Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Pediatric Dentistry



The Dental Office Staff

Your dentist may have a receptionist or several dental office staff depending on the size of the practice. The office staff, including the receptionist, is often your first point of contact with a dental office. The office staff manages the flow of patients through the office by booking and scheduling appointments, taking care of billings and payments, as well as day-to-day office administrative duties.


The Dental Assistant

The dental assistant helps the dentist during patient examinations and treatment procedures. The dental assistant prepares patients for treatment, passes instruments and materials to the dentist and keeps the mouth dry using suction during treatment procedures. The dental assistant sterilizes dental instruments and may take X-rays, make dental impressions or polish and apply fluoride to your teeth.

For more information, please visit the: Saskatchewan Dental Assistants' Association.


The Dental Hygienist

The dental hygienist works in conjunction with your dentist to prevent dental disease and keep your mouth healthy. The dental hygienist is registered and certified to clean your teeth and discuss with you the importance of caring for your teeth and gums at home.

The dental hygienist may do a basic exam of your teeth and gums, and will inform your dentist about the results of the exam. In some dental offices, the dentist alone performs the exam and may also provide dental hygiene care. Your dental hygienist may take X-rays, make dental impressions or clean, polish and apply fluoride to your teeth.

For more information, please visit the: Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists Association


The Dental Therapist

The Dental TherapistDental therapists are primary oral health care professionals who are trained to perform basic clinical dental treatment and preventive services within a variety of practice settings. Dental therapists provide restorative dental treatment services, disease prevention and oral health promotion programs to maintain and improve health.Dental therapists also advocate for the needs of clients, assist them in accessing care and refer them to other health professionals for services beyond the scope of the dental therapist’s practice.

For more information, please visit the: Saskatchewan Dental Therapists' Association.


The Dental Technician
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The Denturist
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