How to get in professional ie. being a dental hygienist?

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    How to get in professional ie. being a dental hygienist?


    Dental hygienists assist dentists in treating patients. They use preventive, educational and therapeutic methods for the control of oral diseases to aid individual patients and groups in achieving and maintaining oral health. They are a licensed para-professional, oral health educator and clinical operator.
    Dental hygienists are trained to do specific clinical procedures which aim to prevent dental disease. They work under the supervision of a dentist.
    Educate and counsel children and adults on dental health, plaque control, oral hygiene and nutrition;
    Remove deposits and stains from teeth by scaling and root planing;
    Assist in the prevention and control of dental caries (decay) and gum disease;
    Select and use appropriate fluoride treatments and polish tooth restorations;
    Expose and process dental x-rays;
    Make impressions of patients’ mouths for the construction of study casts and mouthguards;
    Select and size orthodontic bands (braces), and remove orthodontic wires;
    Apply and remove periodontal packs; and
    Instruct patients on how to look after teeth and mouth after operations.
    Dental hygienists are not permitted to set up in private practice, but must work under the supervision and direction of a dentist. They work in private practices, community health centres, dental hospitals and regional clinics. Qualified dental hygienists should not experience difficulty in finding employment.

    There is currently a shortage of hygienists for the perceived needs of the work force, due mainly to the shortage of training facilities. There are limited training places available for this course in Australia and competition is keen.

    Australian Dental Schools

    New South Wales
    Faculty of Dentistry
    The University of Sydney
    2 Chalmers Street
    Surry Hills NSW 2010
    Telephone: 61 2 9351 8334/8349
    Facsimile: 61 2 9211 5912

    Oral Health Unit
    School of Health Sciences
    Faculty of Health
    University of Newcastle
    P.O. Box 5012
    Gwandalan, NSW, 2259
    Telephone: + 61 2 4349 4555
    Fax: + 61 2 4349 4567

    Western Australia
    School of Dentistry
    The University of Western Australia
    17 Monash Ave
    Nedlands WA 6009
    Telephone: 61 8 9346 7676
    Facsimile: 61 8 9346 7666

    South Australia
    Faculty of Dentistry
    The University of Adelaide
    Adelaide SA 5005
    Telephone: 61 8 8303 3296
    Facsimile: 61 8 8222 8252

    School of Dentistry
    The University of Queensland
    200 Turbot Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    Telephone: 61 7 3365 8106
    Facsimile: 61 7 3365 8118

    School of Dentistry and Oral Health
    Gold Coast Campus
    Griffith University PMB 50
    Gold Coast Mail Centre QLD 9726
    Telephone: 61 7 5552 8800 (switch)
    Telephone: 61 7 5678 0703 (direct)
    Fax: 61 7 5678 0708

    Melbourne Dental School
    University of Melbourne
    720 Swanston Street
    Melbourne VIC 3010
    Telephone: 61 3 9341 0216
    Facsimile: 61 3 9341 0339

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