What Is An Oral Health Therapist?
Oral Health Therapists are oral health professionals registered with the Dental Board of Australia, who provide dental and oral health care within a preventative philosophy and their scope of practice is limited to their formal education and competency. Oral Health Therapy includes the practice of both dental therapy and dental hygiene. They provide in consultation with the patient, and/or their legal guardian.Read more
Oral Health Therapists work with people of all ages to improve and or maintain their oral health by promoting good oral health practices and treating gum and periodontal diseases. They also work with dentists and specialists providing orthodontic treatment, specialist periodontal, paediatric treatment and dental care for other high needs clients.
What is a Dental Therapist?
A dental therapist is an oral health practitioner registered with the Dental Board of Australia, who provides dental care to children and young adults generally up to and including those aged 25 years old within a preventative philosophy. They provide preventative and general dental care and their scope of practice is limited to their formal education and competency. Dental therapists have worked in Australia for almost 50 years (often in the State based School Dental Services) and more recently in community, hospital and private dental and specialist practices. They provide general dental and oral health care in consultation with the patient, and/or their legal guardian.
All dental therapists work in a collaborative and consultative relationship with dental and other health professionals to enable the provision of holistic oral health care.
What is a Dental Hygienist?
Dental hygienists are oral health professionals registered with the Dental Board of Australia, who provide preventative, educational and therapeutic methods for controlling oral diseases to help individual patients and groups achieve and maintain oral health. Their scope of practice is limited to their formal education and competency. Dental hygienists promote good oral health and treat gum and periodontal conditions using a variety of skills.Read more
The tasks performed are subject to the scope that each professional has been trained in.