1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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3492-11 Dental Therapist

Examines and treats ailments of the teeth and gums, mainly among pre-school and primary school age children, under the supervision of dentists.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • carries out oral examinations and checks teeth and gums for signs of decay and disease
  • provides educational programs to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health
  • cleans calcareous deposits and stains from teeth and the gum margins using specialised dental equipment
  • applies fluorides and other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay
  • applies rubber dams and temporary restorations
  • extracts teeth where necessary
  • may conduct dental health clinics for community groups to augment local or infrequent dental practice
  • may perform dental radiography
  • may administer local anaesthesia and analgesics

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