Everything you need to know about becoming a dental hygienist in Australia – Part 1

October 28, 2014

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A dentistry work experience student observing her mentor performing a routine procedure. Job description

Dental hygienists are primary healthcare professionals who provide highly skilled preventive dental services to individuals across all age groups. These professionals work within a team environment to assure best practice in providing safe and suitable dental healthcare. While they usually work in collaboration with dentists to determine therapeutic treatment for each individual patient, they work independently in delivering dental services.

As a dental hygienist, you would make use of preventive, therapeutic and educational methods to control oral diseases and to help individual patients and groups achieve and maintain good oral health. Training to be a dental hygienist involves learning to do specific clinical procedures that aim to prevent dental diseases rather than treat them.  

Some of the dental hygiene services provided by a dental hygienist may include:



A dental hygienist career is an excellent dentistry position for you if you are efficient with good time management skills, possess good eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity and apply attention to detail and precision. In addition, if you are good listener with sensitivity to the needs of others personally rewarding, you have some of the qualities that make you well suited to a career as a dental hygienist.

In your role as a dental hygienist you would use your academic knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental hygiene care and your interpersonal and communication skills to motivate patients and teach them about the importance of maintaining oral health and preventing oral disease.


Job outlook for dental hygienists in Australia

Currently there is a strong demand for dental hygienists in the private sector as well as the public sector in regional and rural locations in most states of Australia. In addition, economists predict tremendous job growth for clinical dental hygienists in the coming years with greater emphasis on oral health promotion and the introduction of new and advanced dental treatments. The need to provide therapeutic and preventive services that assist people in maintaining natural, healthy teeth throughout their lifetime puts a dental hygiene career in high demand now and in the foreseeable future.