Who we regulate

We are the organisation which regulates dentists and dental care professionals in the United Kingdom.

We regulate:

  • ​​Dentists and dental care professionals.
  • Clinical dental technicians.
  • Dental hygienists.
  • Dental nurses.
  • Dental technicians. 
  • Dental therapists.
  • Orthodontic therapists. 

​The registers

We keep up-to-date registers of these dentists and dental care professionals. To join our registers, they need to meet the professional standards we set. You can search our registers on this site.

Anybody who wants to work in the UK as a dentist or dental care professional must be registered with us.


We also hold 13 Specialist Lists. Dentists can work in a particular branch of dentistry - such as oral surgery or orthodontics - but only those on our Specialist Lists can call themselves a ‘specialist’ in a particular area. ​