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Overview

Dental Therapists examine and treat diseases of the teeth in preschool, primary and secondary school children under the general supervision of a Dentist.

Day-to-day

  • provides educational programmes to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health
  • provides fluoride therapy by applying re-mineralising solutions and desensitising agents
  • removes deposits from teeth
  • applies non-invasive fissure sealants to teeth
  • takes impressions of the mouth
  • takes dental radiographs.

To become a Dental Therapist

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in oral health to work as a Dental Therapist. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

    Find a Diploma of Oral Health or Dental Technology

  • Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Dentistry

  • Communication Skills

  • Dental Care

  • Treatment Planning

  • Oral Health Care

  • Planning

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