A dental therapist looks in a mirror with a little girl to talk about looking after her teeth

Dental Therapist

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

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.

Occupation snapshot
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

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.

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