3251-Dental Assistants and Therapists

Job Title: 

Dental Assistants and Therapists

Job Description: 

Dental assistants and therapists provide basic dental care services for the prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth, as per care plans and procedures established by a dentist or other oral health professional.


Advising communities and individuals on dental hygiene, diet and other preventive measures to reduce potential risks to oral health

Linked Education ( CESM Codes ) : 

904 - Dental Support Services and Allied Professions

Specific Occupations: 

325101 - Dental Assistant
Description : Prepares patients for dental examinations and assists dentists in providing care and treatment.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No
Specializations : Dental Aide, Dental Chairside Assistant, Dental Nurse, Dental Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant

325102 - Dental Hygienist
Description : Carries out preventative dental procedures under the direction of a dentist.
Green Occupation : No
Green Skill : NoTrade : No
Specializations : Oral Hygienist

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Source Of Info: 

Source : Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) 2013, Department of Higher Education and Training, Republic of South Africa