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Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist carries out preventative dental procedures. Hygienists use a variety of tools and techniques to remove things like tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth. They help improve patients’ dental health by preventing cavities and tooth loss as well as helping them achieve beautiful smiles!  

How to be a Dental Hygienist in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

To become a dental hygienist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificiate /NC(V) (Entry into programmes subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Science in Oral Health)

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Dental hygienists in South Africa typically study for 3 years.

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Once qualified, you will have to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work.

Dental hygienists in South Africa often work as dental assistants in private practice,  as well as in public and private hospitals.  

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about dental hygienists, contact the The Health Professionals Council of South Africa or South African Dental Association.


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