Dental Hygienist

Job Description

Dental Hygienists treat and prevent oral diseases. They educate patients on how to achieve and maintain the best possible oral health and prevent and treat a range of oral diseases. They offer tooth cleaning, whitening and plaque control services and strategies to patients.

Careers Ladder


To become a registered Dental Hygienist, you need to complete a qualification in Oral Health. After graduating, you need to follow the application process to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Complete a qualification in Oral Health in an accredited program. This could be an Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) or a Bachelor degree majoring in Oral Health.

Achieve AHPRA registration via the application process.

Renew AHPRA registration every 12 months by demonstrating the mandatory CPD, professional indemnity insurance, and recency of practice.


  • Autonomy
  • Cheerful
  • Communicator
  • Cooperative
  • Courteous
  • Customer-orientated
  • Devoted
  • Educated
  • Friendly
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Responsible
  • Team Player
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Computer Literacy
  • Ethical Standards
  • Time Management
  • Manual Dexterity

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;