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A glut of dentists, and some are charlatans

Greek dentists yesterday appealed to the government to regulate the entry of new members into their profession, complaining that a surfeit of active, but often unqualified, dentists are responsible for high unemployment and underemployment in their sector. There are too many dentists working in Greece – many illegally – Greek Dental Federation President Panos Alexiou told a press conference. Indeed, Greece has more dentists per capita (one for every 950 citizens) than any other country in the world apart from Denmark. There are also many unqualified dentists in Greece (mostly Albanian and Russians), with 25 official complaints lodged in recent months in Attica alone due to botched dentistry work. As a result, 5.5 percent of qualified dentists in Athens are unemployed and one in four is underemployed.