Oral health therapists diagnose dental decay and gum diseases, work together with dentists to provide routine oral health care for children and adults, and also help to promote oral health and preventive dental practices among school children and the broader community.
Duties & Tasks
Oral health therapists may perform the following tasks:educate and motivate people to maintain good oral health
promote oral health in the community by providing relevant education and information, and working with other health services and groups such as parents' groups, play groups and parents and citizens' associations, residential care settings and schools
work to improve oral health within child care and elderly residential care and other health support settings, especially those that cater to people who do not have access to dental care
provide routine dental treatment for people of all ages, including dental examinations and diagnosis, cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth, filling cavities and extracting deciduous (baby) teeth under local anaesthetic
treat people of all ages for gum conditions, take X-rays of teeth and jaws, apply sealants and fluoride therapy, and take impressions for mouthguard construction
bring more complex dental problems to the attention of dentists
liaise with other healthcare providers to support oral health as part of general health.
Oral health therapists who work in the public sector may be required to work anywhere in their state or territory, although individual preferences and applications for specific positions are taken into account.
interested in health and wellbeing
good hand-eye coordination
able to do precise and detailed work
good communication skills
able to establish rapport with both children and adults
able to work as part of a team.