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