As the regulator of dentistry in Ontario we believe in transparency. Search our online Register of nearly 10,000 Ontario dentists to learn more about their education, practice details, and even if they have faced disciplinary measures.
Infection Prevention and Control
Infection prevention and control in dentistry is a critical issue for safe patient care. While the risk of infection as a result of dental procedures is extremely low, it is always an important patient safety consideration
Dentists have a legal and ethical obligation to obtain their patients’ informed consent prior to the start of treatment. This means discussing the proposed treatment and sharing risks and other information before the patient agrees to proceed.
Most dental treatment is quite uneventful. However, sometimes your health condition can influence the way your dental treatment needs to be provided, and require your dentist to make certain changes to help avoid potential problems. What might seem like a small thing could be really important.
One of our important responsibilities is to address concerns about a dentist’s conduct or practise. We have the legal authority to investigate any complaint we receive, whether from a patient or another person. This authority covers dentists in all branches of dentistry, including general dentistry and specialty practice.
Ontario government passed the Protecting Patients Act (PPA), in May 2017. The new legislation strengthens the protections against sexual abuse of patients. It also works to provide more transparency in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), the legislation that governs each of the 26 regulated health professions, including dentistry.