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Dental therapists may do some or all of the following

  • examine the oral condition of the mouth and teeth, and prepare a treatment plan
  • restore teeth and do routine dental treatment and prevention work, such as applying prevention coating to teeth
  • extract first teeth with a local anaesthetic
  • advise patients on how to keep teeth and gums clean and prevent oral diseases
  • promote oral health and hygiene in the community
  • keep records of treatment
  • refer people who require specialist dental treatment to a dentist or dental specialist and discuss their treatment with them
  • take x-rays of mouths.

Dental therapists need to have

  • knowledge of the structure and function of the teeth, jaw and mouth
  • knowledge of injuries and diseases of the mouth
  • understanding of human health and development
  • knowledge of oral health care methods
  • skill in assessing and diagnosing dental problems
  • technical skills for providing dental treatment
  • knowledge of hygiene and sterilisation procedures
  • problem-solving skills
  • decision-making skills
  • good people and communication skills for dealing with clients and their parents.

Dental therapists need to be

  • patient
  • calm
  • friendly
  • confident
  • able to work well in a team.