Métiers et professions en santé et services sociaux




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Description and Responsibilities

Dentists diagnose and treat diseases and abnormalities of the dentition and oral cavity. They perform exams and x-rays to assess patients' oral status, and determine what work is needed to maintain or restore oral health. Dentists give patients a treatment plan and perform various prevention and restoration treatments.

Source: Comité patronal de négociation du secteur de la santé et des services sociaux  (in French only)

Education and Training Requirements

To practice, dentists must have completed an undergraduate degree in dentistry. In Québec, this training lasts 4 to 5 years. It is offered in 3 universities:

Required Interests, Skills and Personality Type

  • Must be a good communicator and listener
  • Must be open-minded
  • Must be responsible and organized
  • Must be thorough and detail-oriented
  • Must have great manual dexterity
  • Must love contact with the public
  • Must manage stress well

Personality Type (RIASEC)

  • I - Prefers studying, understanding and solving problems
  • R - Prefers practical work and handling tools
  • E - Prefers supervising, making decisions and managing, influencing and persuading others

Work Environment

Dentists work in healthcare facilities, university hospital centres and academic institutions (in French only).

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