What is a dental hygienist /therapist?
Dental hygienists are trained and licensed professionals registered with the Australian Dental Association. Hygienists are health care professionals that work alongside dentists. They specialise in oral health in part by scaling and polishing teeth, they also provide continued oral care instruction and can offer dietary help for patients who need it.
Dental Therapists and trained also as hygienists but have the extended qualification to treat any child under the age of 18 years for general dentistry.