Oral Health jobs

Oral Health jobs will be added soon. Please update your Job Preferences online. We will alert you via email once it is added.

Use your jobseeker profile to receive automatic job matches. Announce your availability and preference for permanent or locum jobs. Allow employers to find you. Create your profile now - it takes less than a minute!

It's Free! Join now How it works
About Oral health jobs in Australia

Find oral health jobs including dental assistants, dental technicians and more jobs in Australia. Permanent, part-time, casual and locum jobs available.

Purpose and Mission

Oral health is an important part of general health and it means much more than having healthy teeth. It means preventing chronic mouth and facial pain, oral sores and lesions, and treating birth defects such as cleft palate and cleft lip, oral and throat cancer, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay/loss and other diseases and disorders that affect the oral, dental and craniofacial cavities.

Oral healthcare professionals provide preventive, restorative, cosmetic and emergency services. Oral health professionals make up a team that undertakes routine dental care such as dental examinations, diagnosis, cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth, extracting teeth, filling cavities and root canals. They also treat gum disease and take X-rays, apply sealants and take impressions of teeth. An important part of being a part of the oral health practitioner is to motivate and educate people on good practices in oral healthcare.

Careers in oral health include:

  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Specialists
  • Dental Therapists
  • Dental Assistants

Supervisory Responsibilities

More educated and experienced oral health professionals may have some supervisory responsibilities in terms of managing less-experienced members of the team.


The qualifications to become an oral health professional vary by position. It might take five or six years to become a dentist, whereas you can learn to become a dental assistant in less than a year.


All types of oral health specialists must be registered with the Dental Board of Australia before they can practise in Australia.

Responsibilities of Oral Health Professionals

Oral health practitioners work in clinics or dentist offices dental services to the public, in both the private sector, and the public sector such as schools, community dental services, hospitals, disability and residential care settings. Government dental services are the major employers of oral health therapists (although they may also own their own practices). Opportunities for career progression include positions in research and teaching, and senior clinical and administrative positions coordinating health promotion activities in dental health services state or territory-wide.

If you are considering a career in dentistry and oral health, you should:

  • have an interest in health and well being
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • be able to do precise and detailed work
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to establish rapport with children and adults
  • be able to work effectively as part of a team.

Oral health professionals also teach healthy food choices and oral health care to children and families. They can play a critical role in positively influencing the oral health of future generations.

Key Facts

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in 2012:

  • Nearly 19,6000 dental practitioners were employed at the time;
  • Approximately 57 dentists, 4 dental therapists, 5 dental hygienists, 3 oral health therapists and 5 dental prosthetists were employed per 100,000 people;
  • Of the dentists employed, 79.7% were working in major cities while only 0.9% were in remote/very remote areas;
  • The highest rates of dentists and dental hygienists were employed in major cities, while remote/very remote areas had the lowest rates of all dental practitioners, except dental therapists.

See other categories