Are you looking towards a career within the medical field?
Perhaps you are considering something in the line of dentistry, in which case becoming a dental hygienist is a common path to follow.
Before you get too far down the track of choosing year 11 and 12 subjects to follow, let’s make sure that a career in dentistry is for you!
As with all degree programs in the medical profession, students in dental hygienist courses are required to undergo on-the-job training programs (i.e., internships). Students are required to obtain their respective current recognized first aid certificate, their Working with Children Check and their National Police Certificate as well as fulfill all the immunisation requirements before proceeding to the program.
Know the Important Qualities
But education and training can only do so much toward becoming a successful dental professional in the hygienist capacity. You should also develop desirable personal qualities essential in successfully dealing with your co-workers and patients. Your best bets include compassion, stamina, and interpersonal skills as well as attention to details, manual dexterity, and technical skills.
Know what you are in for
The range of dental procedures within the field of dentistry is very diverse. There will be times when you are dealing with patients in pain, such as in the even that they have a tooth that needs removal. You will often be seeing infections and blood in the mouth so it pays to ensure that you are ok with that side of the industry.
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Know the Licensing Requirements
After completion of the courses including the on-the-job training requirements, your next step is to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia.
You will be required to comply with its examination and documentation requirements before you can practice as an RDH in Australia. You may also be advised to apply for membership with the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia, a professional organization representing the profession at the national level.
Now that you have finished your dental hygienist courses, secured your registration, and became a member of the appropriate organizations, you can start looking for your dream job in the profession. You should have the best opportunities at dental clinics and hospitals, regional clinics, and community health centres.
Common procedures performed within the dental field