Tasks

  • advising communities and individuals on dental hygiene, diet and other preventive measures to reduce potential risks to oral health
  • conducting visual and physical examinations of patients' mouths, teeth and related structures to assess oral health status
  • identifying cases of patients with poor oral health or oral disease requiring referral to a dentist or other health professional
  • assisting dentists during complex dental procedures
  • providing fluoride treatments, cleaning and removing deposits from teeth, preparing cavities and placing fillings, administering local anaesthesia, and performing other types of basic or routine clinical dental procedures
  • preparing, cleaning and sterilizing dental instruments, equipment and materials used in the examination and treatment of patients
  • getting patients ready for examination or treatment including explaining procedures and correct positioning
  • taking impressions of the mouth and dental radiographs to support diagnosis and fitting of dental prosthetics

    Educational level

    • Semi-skilled
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