Oral Health Therapist
What’s an Oral Health Therapist?
Oral Health Therapists (OHTs) are dual qualified dental professionals, trained in dental therapy and dental hygiene. OHTs provide high quality oral health care to people of all ages including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. This includes examination, X-rays, preventative and restorative treatment, extractions of deciduous (baby) teeth. They are also able to detect, treat, stabilise and maintain gum health in patients with Gingivitis and Periodontitis. They work along side the dentist to provide a wholistic approach to all you dental and oral health needs.
Oral Health Therapist have a strong preventative focus and help promote positive oral health, with a primary focus on early diagnosis and treatment. They work towards improving oral health in patients with an individualised approach using their scientific and clinical knowledge.
How do a Dentist and Oral Health Therapist work together?
Having a routine check-up and clean appointment will flow efficiently with 2 practitioners. The Dentist and Oral Health Therapist work together to ensure a thorough and gentle dental appointment. The OHTs are able to spend extended time with each patient, creating a relaxing, gentle and personalised experience to accommodate the needs of all patients. They will check for signs of gum and other oral diseases and provide a thorough, gentle clean and provide a fluoride treatment. During the appointment each patient will be educated on their current oral health condition and will be given a personalised home care routine to achieve optimal dental health.
The Dentist will review all information gathered throughout the appointment, review X-rays and photographs taken by the Oral Health Therapist. They will then examine all teeth and surrounding soft tissues. The dentist and the OHT will then discuss findings with the patients and compile a patient-centred plan for future treatment and maintenance appointments.
OHTs can provide complete care for children and adolescents. When required, they are able to refer specific cases to general dentists and dental specialists. This will always ensure optimal care.
For adults, your dentist and OHT complement each other in the services and care they provide. While your Dentist will focus on diagnosis and the completion of routine or complex treatment plans, your Oral Health Therapist will assist in the stabilisation and maintenance of your oral health.
Why see an Oral Health Therapist?
They treat both adult and children
They prioritise oral health education and promotion
They diagnosis, stabilise and maintain disease in teeth and gums
They advise on preventative and therapeutic methods to control oral disease
They conduct dietary counselling
They place on emphasis on, and conduct pleasant dental maintenance appointments for long term oral health
Tooth and gum disease can be uncomfortable, expensive and create an unwelcome interruption to everyday life, or even worse – an important event or holiday! Prevention is the key to avoiding oral health concerns. The ability to prevent such disease relies on your knowledge of dental health and access to routine dental maintenance appointments. Oral Health Therapists have the skills to help you achieve the best dental health possible.