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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team



Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

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 become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NSC/NC(V) (Entry into programmes subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. Bsc degree in Oral Health 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  • NSC/NC(V) 
  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical Science or Biology

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

University of the Witwatersrand (BOHSc):

University of Limpopo:

University of Pretoria:

University of the Western Cape:

University of KwaZulu-Natal:

Duration of study

3 Years


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

Career opportunities include working as dental assistants in private practice,  as well as in public and private hospitals.  

Further Information

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa

South African Dental Association

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