NOC 3222 – Dental hygienists and dental therapists

 

  • community dental hygienist
  • dental hygiene technician
  • dental hygienist
  • dental hygienist technician
  • dental nurse
  • dental therapist
  • expanded duty dental hygienist
  • expanded duty dental nurse
  • licensed dental therapist
  • orthodontic hygienist
  • periodontal hygienist
  • registered dental hygienist
  • registered dental therapist

Job Duties

Dental hygienists and dental therapists perform some or all of the following duties:
Dental hygienists

  • Conduct an initial dental assessment and consult with dentists on patient care
  • Take dental impressions
  • Instruct patients regarding oral hygiene procedures
  • Clean and stimulate the gums to prevent gum disease
  • Remove stains and deposits from teeth to prevent tooth and root decay
  • Apply fluoride treatment
  • Take and develop X-rays
  • May perform restorative and orthodontic procedures under the direction of a dentist
  • May supervise dental assistants in their health care functions.

Dental therapists

  • Conduct dental assessments and consult with dentist on patient care
  • Take dental impressions
  • Take and develop X-rays
  • Remove stains and deposits from teeth to prevent tooth and root decay
  • Apply fluoride treatment
  • Instruct patients regarding oral hygiene procedures
  • Supervise dental assistants in their health care functions
  • May drill and fill cavities, extract teeth and replace portions of tooth crown.

Employment Requirements

  • Dental hygienists are required to complete a college program ranging from one to three years, or other approved program in dental hygiene recognized by the governing board within the province or territory of residence.
  • Dental therapists are required to complete a two- to three- year college diploma or equivalent credentials from an approved dental institution or Complete the dental therapy diploma program offered by the First Nations University of Canada in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
  • Licensing by the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body is required for dental hygienists.
  • Licensure is required for dental therapists in Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Exclusions

  • Dental assistants (3411)
  • Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants (3223)
  • Dentists (3113)
  • Denturists (3221)

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