• Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene

    The following professions are registered under the auspices of the board:

    • Dentist
    • Dental Assistants
    • Dental Therapists
    • Oral Hygienists

Dentist

A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a health care practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. The dentist’s supporting team aids in providing oral health services. The dental team includes dental assistants, dental therapists and oral hygienists.

Dental Assistants

Dental Assistants contribute to effective chairside assisting in dentistry with regards to infection control, practice management and the education of patients, the public and the community regarding basic oral health. Dental Assistants play a significant role in oral health environments such as private practices, public health and other facilities where oral health care and health promotion is provided to the public.

Dental Therapists

Dental Therapists function as health practitioners in oral health care, independently and/or as a part of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Dental Therapists focus on the holistic care of patients, which ranges from prevention of oral disease and promotion of oral health to the alleviation of oral abnormalities, pain and disease and also function in the fields of preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health, on primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Oral Hygienists

Oral Hygienists are health professionals devoted to the prevention of diseases and the promotion and improvement of the public’s health. They are preventive primary oral health care providers who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services to the public. Their primary concern as health practitioners is the promotion of total health through the prevention of oral disease. The service Oral Hygienists provide, contributes to the health and well-being of society.

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