Dentists have always been experts at infection control and have COVID-19 policies and procedures in place to keep everyone safe.  Please ensure you contact a dental office by phone before you visit and disclose if you are not well or have any COVID-19 symptoms. To comply with physical distancing requirements, many dental offices may continue to provide initial consultations over the phone. For more information, please visit BCDA's COVID-19 Information for Dental Patients page.

Your dentist is the doctor of the mouth. Dentists are highly trained and qualified to diagnose and treat dental disease, and provide infection control. Just like your family doctor, your dentist may work in partnership with a certified dental specialist to provide you with the best care possible.

Dental disease is largely preventable and regular examinations by your dentist play an important role in maintaining good health.

If treatment is required sedation or general anesthesia may be used depending on a few factors: the nature of your treatment; your level of anxiety; and your overall health and medical history. Discuss sedation options with your dentist to make informed decisions for your health.

The Importance of Oral Health

Oral health is part of your overall health. With a healthy mouth, you can eat, speak and smile in comfort, which helps you feel physically, socially and mentally well. A healthy mouth helps you enjoy life.

BCDA supports the FDI World Dental Federation’s definition of oral health.

Find a Dentist

If you are looking for a dentist in your area accepting patients, visit Find a Dentist; a complete list of licensed practising dentists in BC can be found through the BC College of Oral Health Professionals.

There are a number of reduced cost clinics throughout BC.