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Dentists usually work as part of a team, that includes assistants, hygienists and technicians. Together they carry out the unique task of helping contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community, as well as contributing to appearance.

In addition to diagnosing and treating existing disease, dentists encourage people to take oral hygiene into their own hands and prevent two common types of oral diseases – gum diseases and dental cavities.

Topics you may cover

  • If you take Dentistry as a university subject you should expect to take one year of Health Sciences before you move on to specialise in Dentistry. This will give you a background on the role of health practitioners in the community and how to communicate effectively. You are also likely to look at the social, economic and behavioural factors that contribute to ill health.
  • As your study progresses you will learn the theory, skills and practices required to practice Dentistry in New Zealand. You may also be given the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of Dentistry such as Public Health, Orthodontics, or Paediatric dentistry.