What is an Oral Health Therapist (OHT)?

December 15, 2021
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Posted By: Georgia Sheahan
Hygienist

When you come in for a check up with our dentists at NBDC, you’ll most likely also get to meet either of our wonderful Oral Health Therapists Sam and Brooke as well. They are University qualified dental clinicians and registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency), with their specialty focusing on preventative treatments such as scale and cleans. AHPRA has strict requirements for registered dental professionals, including compulsory annual professional development. This ensures your dentist and OHT are current with the latest advances in science and dental practice. Dentists and OHT’s complement each other in the care and service they provide – they go together like a toothbrush and paste!

The advantage of seeing an OHT for your clean is:

  • They can spend more time providing a thorough and personalised experience, and take the time to discuss your gum health and improve oral hygiene techniques.
  • Cleans are what they do best! You will always receive the best care and attention to detail.
  • Their friendly and gentle nature put even the most anxious of patients at ease, meaning you won’t be rushed through your appointment.
  • They also perform x-rays and fluoride treatments where indicated, and your dentist will still perform your check up and any complex treatment that you may need.

OHT’s are qualified to treat adults and children, and therefore can see the whole family. They are also qualified to perform teeth whitening, mouthguards, splints, braces and Invisalign treatment alongside the dentists.