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Registration performance

14 July, 2021

Dentists and DCPs must be registered with the GDC to practise lawfully in the UK. Everyone who joins the register must be suitably qualified, or pass an assessment, and meet health, character and English language requirements to be considered fit to practise as a member of the dental team.

Registrant volumes for 2020

This table illustrates the total number of dentists and DCPs on the register as of 31 December 2020. DCPs who have more than one title, for example a dental hygienist who is also a dental therapist, are only counted once in this table.

There was a 0.6% increase in the total number of registrants from 113,439 at the end of 2019 to 113,960 at the end of 2020 (Note: 78 Dentists are also registered as DCPs therefore are included in both numbers in the table).

Registrant typeNumber of registrants% of total

The composition of the register by gender of dentists and dental care professionals as of 31 December 2020

Percentages represent the proportion of gender composition to the overall register. The numbers presented in this table match table one.

Registrant typeMale% of totalFemale% of totalTotal

The composition of the register by dental grouping as of 31 December 2020

INfographic showing the split of types of dental professionals

This table is a count of the number of members of each type of dental professional on the register. A dental professional who has more than one title is counted once for each title that they hold. Therefore, the total for this table is greater than the overall total number of registrants.

Registration titleNumber of registrants% of total titles on the RegisterNumber of new titles added in 2020% of total newly added in 2020
Dental Nurse58,97249%3,81356%
Dental Hygienist7,8126%66010%
Dental Technician5,5295%811%
Dental Therapist3,9383%5258%
Orthodontic Therapist7341%581%
Clinical Dental Technician367<1%10%

There was a 0.8% increase in the overall number of registered titles in 2020, from 119,397 in 2019 to 120,406 in 2020.

The composition of the register by region of qualification as of 31 December 2020

Dentists, by region of qualification

Region of qualificationAmount% of total
UK qualified33,15177%
EEA qualified6,96616%
ORE - UK Statutory Examination1,3543%
Rest of World qualified1,5834%

DCPs, by region of qualification

Registration typeUK qualifiedEEA qualifiedRest of World qualifiedTotal
Dental Nurse58,53825817658,972
Dental Hygienist6,6364627147,812
Dental Technician5,268225365,529
Dental Therapist3,41425223,938
Orthodontic Therapist709421734
Clinical Dental Technician36304367

Further details of our performance can be found in the Registration statistical report, published separately.

For a more detailed overview, you can download our full Annual Report and Accounts 2020.