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The Discipline of Dentistry offers two three year degree programmes within the scope of Dentistry, i.e. Bachelor of Dental Therapy and Bachelor in Oral Hygiene.

Dental Therapists can work independently within the public and private sectors, and can perform all functions within the scope of primary and secondary levels of prevention in Dentistry. They perform curative dental procedures such as tooth extractions and restorations and preventive procedures such as scaling and polishing, dental radiography, and health education and promotion.

Oral Hygienists can work within the private and public sectors, meeting the health education and prevention needs of the community. Their focus is on evidence-based oral health promotion and prevention at a primary health care level within a multidisciplinary and inter-professional approach to improve health and oral health. They perform dental procedures such as scaling and polishing, root planing and dental radiography for all patients, with emphasis on patients with special needs. They also provide supervised, specialized preventive care to patients in orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and other dental specialties. They undertake oral health education and preventive programmes at schools and other community-based centres. They can now register as an independent practitioner.

We currently offer the following programmes and qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Dental Therapy
  • Bachelor of Oral Hygiene
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses for Dentists, Dental Therapists, Oral Hygienists and Dental Assistants as per the requirements of the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • Continuing Education courses for other health personnel e.g. nurses, caregivers in schools and institutions.

Both the Bachelor of Dental Therapy and the University Diploma of Oral Health have been fully accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

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