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Study Oral Health at Otago

Oral Health Staff

Overview

An oral health professional forms part of the oral health care team. This professional has skills in dental therapy, dental hygiene and health promotion.

Dental hygienists educate patients about the health of their mouths and provide options for improving and maintaining oral health. Dental hygienists work closely with dentists in detecting and treating oral disease and in preparing mouths for complex restorative care. A dental therapist is a highly skilled professional member of the oral health team who provides quality dental care to various sections of the community, particularly preschoolers and children. Early detection of dental disease and preventive treatment is a key aspect of the work of a dental therapist, along with restorative care. 

An oral health professional can be registered to practise as a dental hygienist or as a dental therapist or both.  Both disciplines are skilled at promoting healthy lifestyles and have a strong awareness of the socio-cultural influences on health.

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Contact details

Tel 03 479 7036
Fax 03 479 7677
Email dental.admin@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/dentistry

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Oral Health (DEOH) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)

YearPapersPoints
1st year

DEOH 101  The Body and its Environment

DEOH 102  The Oral Environment: Health and Disease

DEOH 103  Oral Informatics

DEOH 104  Clinical Oral Health Practice

MAOR 102 * Māori Society

* MAOR 102 must be taken in the second semester

15

15

15

57

18

2nd year

DEOH 201  Human Disease and Pharmacology

DEOH 202  Oral Health Therapy 1

DEOH 203  Oral Health Therapy 2

PUBH 202  Health Promotion

SOCI 101  Sociology of New Zealand Society

14

35

35

18

18

3rd year

DEOH 301  Community Oral Health and Oral Health Promotion

DEOH 302  Advanced Oral Health Therapy 1

DEOH 303  Advanced Oral Health Therapy 2

DEOH 304  Applied Oral Health Research

15

45

45

15

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