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The Royal Dutch Dental Association (KNMT) is the professional association for dentists, oral surgeons and orthodontists in the Netherlands.

We are the voice of over 10,000 dentists and dental students in the Netherlands and we support our members in every step of their professional lives. Since 1914, we provide collective representation of the profession, promote standards for dentistry and provide a highly differentiated mix of support and services. And we want the best oral care for our patients. 

Also, we offer information for non-Dutch dentists who consider coming to the Netherlands. And we offer a course to help newcomers get settled in the Dutch way of working in dental care (link in Dutch). 

Dependable partner

We provide collective representation of the profession in its dealings with the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate and other supervisory bodies and health insurers. We lobby on legislation affecting dentists, in the Netherlands and in Europe. We promote policies which benefit dental practice and dental care, and aim for higher standards. We publish oral health news online (KNMT.nl) and in print (Nederlands Tandartsenblad; the Dutch Dental Magazine) and promote the role of evidence-based dental care. Our expert opinion is often cited in the media.

Owned and run by dentists

The KNMT is owned and run by its members. We are a not-for-profit organisation – our income is reinvested for the benefit of the profession and for our patients.

Why (not) become a member of the KNMT?

Are you a (future) dentist? Find out about the top 7 reasons to join the KNMT and our discounted membership offer for newcomers!

Where can I sign up as a member?

Who can help me with my questions?

If you are considering working in the Netherlands as a dentist or becoming a member and you have questions, please get in touch with KNMT Ledenservice (Membership Services). We are available from Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM: please call tel. +31 30-607 6380 or send an e-mail.