Bachelor of Oral Health graduates provide dental care in a collaborative and referral relationship with a dentist and work as oral health therapists (dental therapists and hygienists) in both the public and private sectors, in general and specialist practice; and in oral health promotion research and teaching.
Dental therapists provide dental care for children and adolescents. They examine oral and dental conditions, restore and conserve permanent and deciduous teeth, perform extractions of deciduous teeth, and remove calculus. Under recent changes dental therapists are also able to provide care to adults under certain circumstances.
Dental hygienists provide dental care for all age groups. They examine and record the nature and severity of periodontal conditions, and clean, scale and root-plane teeth.
Both therapists and hygienists provide oral health promotion and a range of orthodontic and preventive procedures including impressions, topical fluoride applications and fissure sealants. They also take and interpret radiographs.
Graduates typically find employment in private practices, public hospitals and the health services. Employment prospects are excellent.