Standards of Practice for Ontario Dentists

We are responsible for developing and maintaining programs and standards of practice to ensure the quality of the practice of dentistry in Ontario.

In Ontario, we hold all dentists to the same standards of practice in terms of their professional education, technique, diligence and judgment.

Specialists have advanced training and can make this expertise known to the public. As a result, they are held to higher standards of practice, consistent with the knowledge and skill of a reasonable specialist.

We have published standards, guidelines, practice advisories and other documents on several important dental topics. They all contain practice parameters and standards which should be considered by Ontario dentists in the care of their patients. These publications may be used by the College in determining whether appropriate standards of practice and professional responsibilities have been maintained. 

Read our standards of practice, advisories and guidelines for dentists in Ontario.