How to Become a Dental Hygiene Assistant

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HLT35015Open CollegesCertificate III in Dental Assisting

Studying this Open Colleges' online Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) course provides you with the training to develop your skills as a professional dental assistant.

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HLT35015Foundation EducationCertificate III in Dental Assisting

The online Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) course provides you with the education and training to build your career as a qualified dental assistant.

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HLT35015/HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate III in Dental Assisting & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation)

Gain specialist skills in oral health with this online Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation) (HLT45015) dual qualification.

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HLT35015/HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate III in Dental Assisting & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation)

Specialise in radiography and set yourself up for a rewarding career in the dental services sector with this Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation) (HLT45015) qualification.

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HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation)

This Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation) (HLT45015) course provides you with job-ready skills in dental assisting with a specialisation that allows you to provide high-quality services to dental patients.

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HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health)

Provide high-quality services in two key areas of dental service with this Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation) (HLT45015) course.

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HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation)

Learn how to assistant dentists with radiography procedures by studying this Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation) (HLT45015) course.

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Definition of Dental Hygiene Assistant

Dental Hygiene Assistants are tasked with readying patients for treatments in order to lessen the workload and improve workflow efficiency for the dentist and hygienist. They may be required to review care plans with patients, organise and prepare equipment before procedures, take dental impressions and vital signs, and perform fluoride applications.

Dental hygienists are employed to assist the dentist by cleaning patient’s teeth, administering oral examinations and conducting X-rays. A Dental Hygiene Assistant aides the hygienist by prepping rooms before treatments, developing X-ray films and carrying out other office related tasks when the dentist and hygienist are unavailable.

What are the responsibilities of a Dental Hygiene Assistant ?

  • Receiving patients and preparing them for treatment.
  • Organising and dispensing medication, instruments and other dental supplies to dentists and hygienists.
  • Operating equipment such as water sprayers and suction units.
  • Taking dental impressions and performing fluoride applications.
  • Developing X-rays and prepping rooms, tools and other materials.
  • Conducting maintenance and sterilisation of tools and equipment.
  • Reviewing and discussing dental health and oral care plans with patients

Career Outlook for Dental Hygiene Assistant

The average age of people working as is 27 with 2.20% of them being male. 58.20% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 35.5 hours per week.

 

Unemployment is average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $893 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 18,400 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be moderate, with numbers around 19,300 in 2020.