Dental Officer
Canadian Armed Forces
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1d ago


Dental Officers practice preventive dentistry and dental treatment for oral diseases, injuries, and defects of the teeth and their supporting structures.

Work environment

As commissioned members of the Forces Dental Services, Dental Officers’ primary duty is to practice dentistry in the military setting.

They may also be asked to assist other health care professionals when particular skills are required, and to teach subjects in which they have received specialized training.

Dental Officers may be posted to a base in Canada or deployed on operations around the world. They work in a fully equipped dental office, which may be in temporary facilities, in a semi-

industrial setting or on a ship at sea.

  • Normally, Dental Officers spend their first four years in a dental clinic in Canada. Initially, they work in a group practice;
  • after a year or two of experience, they could go to a small one-dentist clinic or could be attached to a Field unit.

    Basic Military Officer Qualification

    Available professional training Dental Officers attend the Basic Dental Officer's Course in Borden, Ontario, for four weeks.

    They learn the set up and use of the Mobile Dental Clinic for military operations, as well as the administrative and clinical procedures of a CAF dental detachment.

    The training includes pre-course preparation, lectures, demonstrations, practices, individual assignments, group assignments, presentations and testing.

    Available professional training

    After enrolment, you start basic officer training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-

    Richelieu, Quebec, for 12 weeks. Topics covered include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), basic weapons handling, and first aid.

    Opportunities will also be provided to apply such newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership.

    A rigorous physical fitness program is also a vital part of basic training. Basic officer training is provided in English or French and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training.

    Following basic officer training, official second language training may be offered to you. Training could take from two to nine months to complete depending on your ability in your second language.

    Available specialty training

    The Forces actively supports Dental Officers’ efforts to develop and maintain clinical skills in all aspects of dentistry, often providing subsidized training, participation in professional conferences and specialization :

  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Public Health
  • Advanced General Dentistry
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