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Dental Therapist

Dental Therapists are primary oral health care professionals who are trained to perform basic clinical dental treatment and preventive services for both the individual patient and the community.

What do Dental Therapists do on the job?

• Participate in preventive treatment programs to reduce tooth decay
• Maintain accurate dental records
• Oral diagnosis and examination
• X-rays
• Fillings
• Extractions
• Stainless steel crowns
• Fluoride treatments, sealants, and other preventive measures
• Promote oral health
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Where do Dental Therapists work?

• Dental offices
• Schools
• Health Regions and Health Authorities

Job Titles

• Oral Health Practitioner

What characteristics do you need?

• High degree of manual dexterity
• Good vision
• Attention to detail and precision work
• Interpersonal communication skills
• Basic analytical skills
• Commitment to life-long learning

Estimated Average Hourly Wage from Service Canada - Saskatchewan - $31.39/hour

Post-Secondary Institutes

• First Nations University of Canada – Dental Therapy
o Diploma Program
o Require: Grade 12 with a minimum of 70% average in English B30 and Biology 30
o Length: 2 years
o Documentation of immunization against Rubella, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A & B

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