Dental hygienists assist dentists in treating patients. They use preventive, educational and therapeutic methods for the control of oral diseases to aid individual patients and groups in achieving and maintaining oral health. They are a registered dental care provider, oral health educator and clinical operator.
Dental hygienists are trained to do specific clinical procedures which aim to prevent dental disease. They usually work under the supervision and prescription of a dentist.
Oral Health Therapist
Oral health therapists are dental professionals who are dual qualified in dental therapy and dental hygiene. Oral health therapists provide a wide range of dental care in a variety of settings to children, adolescents and adults. An oral health therapist will work as a multi-skilled member of a dental team. They provide dental therapy services to children and adolescents and dental hygiene services to people of all ages.