dental hygienist


Dental hygienists work in cleaning and polishing teeth, supra- and sub-gingival scaling of the teeth, application of prophylactic materials to the teeth, collecting data, administering comprehensive advice on oral hygiene and the care of the mouth, according to patients` needs under the supervision of dental practitioners following her/his directions.

Alternative label

  • oral health therapist

  • oral health specialist

  • orthodontic therapist

  • trainee dental hygienist

  • oral health practitioner

  • qualified dental hygienist

  • dental therapist

  • registered dental hygienist

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

Optional skills and competences



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