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Becoming a Dental Hygienist
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Becoming a Dental Hygienist

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Carries out preventative dental procedures under the direction of a Dentist. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time 2 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,189
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,200

What does a Dental Hygienist do?

  • 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

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