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Oral Health Therapist vs Dentist

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Smiling dental professional consulting a patient, at Beautiful Smiles. Dental patients often struggle to differentiate between oral health therapists and dentists. It is crucial to understand the differences between these two professions so that you can make informed decisions about your dental care.

What Is an Oral Health Therapist?

An oral health therapist is a professional qualified to provide dental hygiene and dental therapy services. To become an oral health therapist, one must complete a three-year degree program. These therapists are dual professionals trained in both dental hygiene and dental therapy. They typically work with children up to the age of 18 and over. Services provided by oral health therapists include fillings, fissure sealings, and the treatment of severe forms of gum disease.

Who Is a Dentist?

A dentist is a professional who has completed a five-year undergraduate degree in dentistry, a longer period of study compared to that of an oral health therapist. Dentists are well-versed in all aspects of oral care and possess the qualifications to perform more complex dental work, such as diagnosing oral health conditions.

What Makes Oral Health Therapists and Dentists Different?

An oral health therapist and a dentist are distinct professionals. If you are seeking preventative dental care, you would typically consult an oral health therapist. You will also need the services of an oral health therapist when you need treatment for gum disease.

Oral health therapists teach proper home habits that help keep gums and teeth healthy, including brushing and flossing. An oral health dentist also performs dental cleaning, a process usually called scaling and polishing, to remove plaque and tartar. Still, they are more inclined to teach preventative measures against plaque, tartar, and tooth decay.

Meanwhile, dentists primarily work with adults and are involved in dental diagnoses and the completion of complex treatment plans. They play a significant role in stabilizing and maintaining oral health.

If you need preventative dental care, you will walk into a dental clinic and ask for an oral health therapist. If you are experiencing complex dental problems as an adult, contact our office today to arrange an appointment with our dentist.

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