DENTAL FACTS ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY
National Dental Association: South African Dental Association
Address: Private Bag x1, Houghton, 2041
Phone: +2711 484 5288
National Dental Industry Association: Dental Traders Association of SA.
Address P O Box 561, Paardekraal, 1752, South Africa
Official Languages: 11
Land Area km 1,219,090km 1996 2006
2001 2006 Population (millions) 40.58 47.9
Population Growth % ? ? GNP per capita South African 15,035 35,266
% GNP spent on healthcare ? ? Physician/Population 2336:1 1530:1
Life Expectancy (yrs):Male: 49 Infant Mortality (deaths/1000 45 44
Female: 52 live births)
WORKFORCE 1996 2006
Dentists (this figure is all dentists currently on the country register as a 4,259 4499
Population/dentist: 9528:1 10647:1
Of all dentists:
% are men 72% 64%
% are women 28% 36%
% work in public services 14% 13%
% work in private practice 71% 72%
% work in universities 6% 6%
% work in other related occupations (this includes Armed Forces, 9% 9%
Full-Time administrative posts and industry)
Chairside Assistants (dental nurses): 7000 7000
Therapists (this refers to dental nurses who have had additional training in 395 443
order to carry out simple restorations on children): Not in SA. It s a stand
Hygienists: 927 955
Laboratory Technicians: 476 512
Denturists: 0 0
Medical Doctors: 17,369 31297
Number of Dental Schools:half school trains only therapists and hygienists 5.5 4.5
Length of Curriculum: 5.5 5 years
Graduated Per Year: 220 218
Schools for Therapists: 2 2
Schools for Hygienists: 5 4
Schools for Chairside Assistants (dental nurses): 4 4
Schools for Lab Technicians: 2 2
Recognised Specialities : No of Specialists 5. Community Dentistry. No 39
(these are practitioners with officially 6. Maxillo-facial surgery. No111
recognised qualifications in a particular area):
1. Oral medicine and periodontology. No 45
2. Prosthodontics No 44
3. Orthodontics. No 115
4. Oral pathology. No11
ORAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Who is entitled to oral health care in public clinics (this means clinics providing free treatment
by the State): State dependant pat ients at PHC facilities. Those not covered by medical aid schemes
and who could not afford private services.
Who is entitled to care under national health (insurance) system (i.e. the government funded
system of national healthcare. This includes any compulsory insurance schemes run by the
state): No national health insurance system.
Care/treatments covered under national health system: N/A no NHS
Free, usually destructive extraction services, and a bit of conservation, prevention, trauma and
tumour treatment available to those who pass a mea ns test.
Private dental insurance system(s) (insurance schemes run by private 18% 16.8%
companies) % population covered:
Of all oral health care for children: % delivered in public service No No
% delivered in private practice data data
% of all oral health care for adults: % delivered in public service No No
% delivered in private practice data data
% of all oral health care in private practice (independent dentists providing free treatment in
their own dental clinics): estimated at 45%
Carried through within the national health service: No No
Supported by private insurance: 18% 16.8%
Entirely private care: No No
Water Fluoridation (recommended fluoride levels vary from country to country):
Country recommended level parts per million (ppm): 0.7 ppm (0.5-1.2ppm dependent on ambient
Natural occurring levels of fluoride population served (millions):
Do not have exact figure of population as the natural fluoride concentration varies from area to area.
Generally fluoride deficient 0.3ppm in most major piped water. High concentrations in certain borehole
Artificial levels of fluoride (fluoride added to water) population served (millions): None
DMFT 12 yrs old: 1.7 1.1
Authority: Health Professions Council of SA
Requirements: Degrees, diplomas: Dental specialists, dentists, dental therapists,
technologists and some hygienists- degree; technicians and some hygienists-diploma
National or state examinations necessary for registration: All national
Recognised degrees/diplomas from other countries: None. Must pass 3 exams-English, theory,
practical. Some of the schools who have graduates who consistently pass the exams may be
fast tracked as can those who are giving academic input through our schools.
All must work for state or charitable institutions for 1 year.
Further training required by applicants holding a recognised degree/diploma from another
country: up to foreign dentist seeking registration. Curricula are available-only two attempts at
exams per candidate.
Citizenship Requirements: Can apply after 5 years as a permanent resident or refugee.
Language(s) Required: English
Other requirements: ?? like for what?
Reciprocal agreements with (list of countries that enter into agreements allowing mutual
exchange of workforce): none except those who can fast tract-done by school-not by country.
Activities of NDA: Liaise with FDI, ARO, other NDAs, other professional associations,
government, DoH, Minister of H, provide professional indemnity, short term insurance,
income protection , disability cover, endorse products, publish refereed journal, negotiate with
funders, statutory councils, negotiate discounts for cars, credit card charges, etc, Market the
profession, present awards to deserving dentists, provide CPD etc.
Other: like what ???
Official Name and Position: Neil Campbell CEO SADA.