Indian Bare Acts


Title : THE DENTISTS ACT, 1948

Year : 1948

[Act, No. 16 of 1948]
[29th March, 1948]


An Act to regulate the profession of dentistry.

WHEREAS it is expedient to make provision for the regulation of the profession of dentistry and for that purpose to constitute Dental Councils:

It is hereby enacted as follows:-

(1) This Act may be called the Dentists Act, 1948.

(2) It extends to the whole of India1[******].


1. Words "except the State of Jammu and Kashmir" omitted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972) Section. 2 (1-11-72).


In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or contest,-

(a) "The Council" means the Dental Council of India constituted under section 3;

(b) "Dental hygienist" means a person not being a dentist or a medical practitioner, who scales, cleans or polishes teeth, or gives instructions in dental hygiene;

(c) "Dental mechanic" means a person who makes or repairs denture and dental appliances;

(d) "Dentistry" includes -

(i) The performance of any operation on, and the treatment on any disease, deficiency or lesion of, human teeth or jaws, and the performance of radiographic work in connection with human teeth or jaws or the oral cavity.

(ii) The giving of any anaethelic in connection with any such operation or treatment;

(iii) The mechanical construction or the renewal of artificial dentures or restorative dental appliances;

(iv) The performance of any operation on, or the giving of any treatment, advice or attendance to, any person preparatory to, or for the purpose of, or in connection with, the filling, inserting, fixing, constructing, repairing or renewing of artificial dentures or restorative dental appliances, and the performance of any such operation and the giving of any such treatment, advice or attendance, as is usually performed or given by dentists;

(e) "Dentist" means a person who practices dentistry:

(f) "Medical practitioner" means a person who holds a qualification granted by an authority specified or notified under section 3 of the Indian Medical Degrees Act, 1916, or specified in the Schedules to the1*[Indian Medical Council Act, 1956],2*[or specified in any other law for the time being in force in any State,) or who practices any system of medicine and is registered or is entitled to be registered in any3*[State] Medical Register by whatever name called;

(g) "Prescribed" means prescribed by rules or regulations made under this Act;

(h) "State Council" means a State Dental Council constituted under section 21, and includes a Joint State Council constituted in accordance with an agreement under section 22;

(i) "Register" means a register maintained under this Act;

4*(j) "Recognised dental qualification" means any of the qualifications included in the Schedule;]

(k) "Recognised dental hygiene qualification" means a qualification recognised by the Council under section 11:

(l) "Registered dentist", "registered dental hygienist" and "registered denial mechanic" shall mean, respectively, a person whose name is for the time being registered in a register of dentists, a register of dental hygienists and a register of dental mechanics.

5[(m) * * *]

2A -6* Construction or references to laws not in force in Jammu and Kashmir

Any reference in this Act to a law which is not in force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall, in relation to that State, be construed as a reference to the corresponding law, if any, in force in that State.]


1. Substituted for the words "Indian Medical Council Act. 1933" by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972) Section .3 (1-11-72).

2. Inserted by the Dentists (Amdt.) Act. 1955 (12 of 1955). Section 3 (15-4-1955).

3. Substituted for the word "Provincial" by A.L.O.1950.

4. Substituted by Demists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972) Section 3 (1-11-72)

5. Clouse. (m) omitted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972), Section .3 (1-11- 72).

6. Section 2A inserted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972). Section .4 (1-11-72).

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