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It is important for dental assistants to continuously increase their knowledge and improve their practical skills. This enables them to become the dentist’s extra hand and to effectively assist in the delivery of dental care as well as patient education and counselling.
With the help of modern dentistry, damage to the tooth and its supporting tissue can largely be prevented. Making use of this knowledge for the benefit of the patient must, therefore, be a primary concern in dental care. Of all team members, it is above all the dental prophylaxis assistant who is responsible for informing and educating patients how to maintain healthy teeth with proper oral hygiene techniques.
The dental prophylaxis and periodontology programme offers continuing education or professional development following a three-year dental assistant programme.
The professional development programme includes comprehensive training in dental prophylaxis and periodontics. The trainees work in a dental health care team and perform tasks on the instruction and under the supervision of a dentist. While working in a dental practice, they must complete several courses including both theoretical study and practical training. This combination enables them to use the skills and knowledge acquired in these courses in everyday dental practice. The programme takes three semesters to complete.
The level of knowledge is assessed by an intermediate examination each semester.
In the final exam, in which the candidates must present their patients, their theoretical knowledge, manual dexterity and their ability to work as part of a team as well as to communicate information in a clear and understandable manner and to motivate patients in a kind and understanding way are assessed.
The course has been approved by the Austrian Dental Chamber as part of the voluntary diploma training programme for dental prophylaxis assistants (160 hours).