Careers in Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene services are available for general and speciality dental practices, programs for research, professional education, community health, hospital and institutional care of disabled persons, as well as the armed services, and dental products promotion, sales, and marketing.


A higher percentage of dental hygienists in Australia work in general practices; a smaller number work in specialist practices, for example, in periodontic, orthodontic and prosthodontic practices.


There are other diverse areas of dentistry that dental hygienists are involved with, such as:



Working in teaching institutions with specialists conducting clinical studies and trials. For example, the Special Needs Clinic at the Dental Hospital in South Australia, or the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - data collection for statistical information.

Professional Education

Presenting research at seminars, congresses, and meetings, and training of dentists, dental hygiene students and dental assistants.

Community Health

Community dental clinics, group talks and assistance, for example: HIV sufferers, ante-natal, dietary disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, persons with diabetes, mental health and physically compromised individuals, alzheimer sufferers and their carers. Other areas include long term residential care, hospitals and nursing homes.

Australian Defence Force

Army, Navy and Air

Marketing and Sales

Dental products promotion via dental companies, becoming a dental company representative.