The changing skill mix - experiences on the introduction of the dental therapist into general dental practice

Br Dent J. 2006 Feb 25;200(4):193-7. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4813251.


Health need and demand are outstripping the capacity of the established professions to provide full and responsive services. In these circumstances attention has turned to the role of allied and complementary professionals in all aspect of health provision, not least dentistry. It is in this context that the role of the dental therapist is coming to be of increasing significance to the dental services.

MeSH terms

  • Delegation, Professional
  • Dental Auxiliaries / education
  • Dental Auxiliaries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Education, Professional
  • General Practice, Dental*
  • Humans
  • Practice Management, Dental
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Staff Development
  • Workforce