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Oral Health Therapist

Kaiakuaku Waha

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Oral health therapists provide dental care to patients, which includes treating gum disease and teaching people how to care for their teeth and gums. They may refer clients to dentists for more specialised dental treatment.


Oral health therapists with up to three years' experience usually earn

$35-$45 per hour

Senior oral health therapists usually earn

$45-$60 per hour

Source: New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association, 2018.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as an oral health therapist are good due to growing demand for their services.
An oral health therapist using a tooth model to discuss oral hygiene with a patient

Oral health therapists educate patients on how to improve their oral health (Photo: Symes de Silva and Associates)

Last updated 19 September 2018