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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3492-13 Dental Hygienist

Carries out preventative therapy related to dental hygiene under the direction 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.

Tasks Include:

  • instructs patients in dental health and hygiene
  • applies and removes periodontal packs
  • selects, applies and removes orthodontic bands
  • issues pre- and post-operative instructions to patients
  • removes sutures
  • applies therapeutic agents and fissure sealants to teeth
  • scales, polishes and root planes teeth
  • polishes dental restorations
  • takes impressions for mouthguard construction
  • may assist with dental radiography

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