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Careers in dentistry

Dentists and dental teams provide professional dental and oral care in NSW and Australia.
Dentistry is defined by the World Health Organization as ‘the science and art of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth, jaws and mouth.’ Dentistry can be a rewarding career for those interested in the oral health and wellbeing of people in their community.  

The dentist is the leader of the oral health team, and may work in general practice or a specialised field. There are also other roles within the dental team. Specific training can be undertaken to work as a dental assistant, hygienist, therapist, prosthetist or technician. These dental team members carry out specific tasks and generally work under the supervision of a qualified dentist or in collaboration with other dental professionals.

Thinking about a career in dentistry?

Explore a variety of career options with our Careers PowerPoint. Click here to download.

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The NSW Branch of the Australian Dental Association provides you with great information regarding careers and jobs in dentistry; we can help you with your decision to become a dentist or oral health graduate professional in NSW or throughout Australia.