Find out everything you need to know about becoming a Dental Hygienist.
Job Title – Dental Hygienist
A Dental Hygienist cleans teeth, examines patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provides other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. A dental hygienist work under the supervision of licensed dentists. They are not qualified to make the same kind of diagnostic decisions or perform the same procedures as dentists.
Typical Job Activities
tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth
Applies sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
Takes and develops dental x rays
Keeps track of patient care and treatment plans
Teaches patients oral hygiene techniques, such as how to brush and floss correctly
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Senior Certificate with a matric
Degree in Dental hygiene at a university
A dental hygienist must register with the Interim National Medical and Dental Council of South Africa after completion of the required training.
subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Biology
What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?
an interest in and an aptitude for science
Have good judgement and diagnostic skills
Be able to inspire confidence and trust
Be able to concentrate well
Have manual dexterity
Have three dimensional abilities (to judge space and shape)
Have good eyesight and visual memory
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Relevant Contact Details
The Dental Association
of South Africa
Career Progress and Path
Experience in specific field Work performance
Possible Career Paths
Specialist career in the specific field
Reasons to consider this career
I can be of service
I can repair things
The need is determined by the customers
I can work with technology
I can create new things