Dental Hygienist, Technician and Therapist

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide specialized dental services to patients. They may perform restorative or preventative procedures for health or cosmetic needs as well as educate patients and communities on proper dental hygiene. They may also construct dental products such as dentures for patients.

Duties and tasks

  • Administer anaesthesia prior to dental procedures or operations
  • Conduct impressions of the mouth and construct individualised braces, retainers, mouth guards, crowns and dentures for patients
  • Facilitate community education programs to inform the public of the importance of dental health and hygiene
  • Inform patients on oral health information and new dental procedures; advise patients on pre and post-dental surgery practices
  • Perform X-rays, interpret information and recommend actions to be taken based on outcome
  • Remove deposits from teeth, apply sealants and administer fluoride therapy if needed

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Good Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Organisational Skills
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists typically work a Monday to Friday week treating patients with scheduled appointments and constructing oral appliances. They work in an indoor medical setting environment with dental tools, equipment and beds for examining patients. They may sometimes work out in the community for educational events.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Dental Association (ADA) 

Dental Board of Australia 

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