Being a hygienist is a gratifying job as you play a critical role in promoting the importance of good oral health and ensuring patients have a firm understanding of how to look after their teeth and gums.

You’ve honed your craft in dentistry to be classified as a hygienist, completed your qualifications and are now looking for the best opportunities available in Australia.

A hygienist

A typical day in the life of a hygienist

No two days are the same in the life of a hygienist. Dental hygienists use preventive, educational and therapeutic approaches for the control of oral diseases and most days activities would consist of the following:


Performing ‘scale and polish’ procedures – removing tartar and plaque from teeth


Providing education and advice on preventing tooth decay and offering nutritional tips


Possibly placing fissure sealants, administering fluoride treatments and taking x-rays


Applying fluoride treatments and creating plaster models of the mouth to create custom mouthguards


Depending on your certification, your day may involve educating younger patients about their oral health

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