Oral hygienist jobs

An oral hygienist is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. They typically work under the supervision of a dentist and may be responsible for tasks such as cleaning teeth, taking X-rays, and educating patients on proper oral hygiene techniques. Oral hygienists typically have an associate degree in dental hygiene and must pass a national board examination to become licensed. Many states also require continuing education to maintain licensure. Oral hygienist jobs can be found in dental offices, clinics, and public health facilities. Some oral hygienists also work in research or education.

In South Africa, oral hygienists are known as dental therapists, and the profession is regulated by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Dental therapists must have completed a 4-year program at a dental therapy school and passed the National Board Examination for Dental Therapists to be registered with the HPCSA.

Dental therapists can work in both private and public sectors. In private practice, they work alongside dentists, while in public health they may be responsible for providing primary oral health care to underserved communities. Some dental therapists also work in community health centers, schools, and mobile clinics.

Opportunities for dental therapists may also be available in the military and in academic institutions.

Dental therapists in South Africa may also be required to continue their education and training to maintain their registration with the HPCSA.

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