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Overview

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide supportive dental services in preventative and restorative dental procedures, and construct and repair dental appliances.

Day-to-day

  • providing educational programs to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health
  • providing fluoride therapy by applying remineralising solutions and desensitising agents
  • removing deposits from teeth
  • applying non-invasive fissure sealants to teeth
  • taking impressions of the mouth
  • taking dental radiographs
  • administering local anaesthesia by infiltration and mandibular nerve block
  • fabricating full and partial dentures
  • constructing mouth guards, crowns, metal clasps, inlays, bridgework and other aids
  • repairing and relining denture bases.

To become a Dental Hygienist, Technician and Therapist

  • You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Dental Hygienist, Technician or Therapist. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Find a Certificate in Dental or Dental Laboratory Assisting

  • Registration or licencing may be required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • Dental Hygiene

  • Infection Control

  • Therapy

  • Dental Assistance

  • Patient Care

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