So, who are we?
We are Oral Health Therapists!
Oral Health Therapists are licensed dental professionals who work together with dentists to maintain good oral health in patients. We work with a prescription and are under the direct or indirect supervision of a dentist. We are a combination of a Dental Therapist and the Dental Hygienist.
The detailed job scope of each discipline can be found here.
OHTs are trained in Nanyang Polytechnic and hold a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy(2003 -2018) or Diploma in Oral Health Therapy (from 2018 onwards).
With a specialize scope of work, our treatment goals are slightly different from dentists. An OHT’s goal is to help their patients in improving or maintaining their oral health and well-being. We achieve this by undertaking performing prescribed basic routine dental treatment and emphasizing on preventive oral health education.
This allows more time for dentists to concentrate on complex procedures, and hence the concept of a team approach to taking care of patients. This therefore leads to the holistic management of patients.
To encourage high standards of practice, education and research among oral health therapists/dental hygienists and dental therapists;
To increase public awareness of the benefits in prevention and treatment of oral disease and promotion of oral health;
To promote and increase the awareness and acceptance of Oral Health Therapists within the dental profession.
To represent the interests of Oral Health Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.
Contribute to the advancement of the Oral Health Therapy profession by encouraging and organising educational and civic activities amongst members.
Cultivate cordial relations with local and regional Oral Health Associations and relevant Dental Council.
Encourage and support humanitarian projects to prevent and treat oral disease