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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!  

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)

Required Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Duration of Study

Dental hygienists in South Africa typically study for 3 years.

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.  

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