Smile Squad staff are qualified to provide a wide range of dental care in a variety of settings (including schools). The Smile Squad workforce is made up of:
Dental assistants support dental therapists, oral health therapists and dentists to carry out a variety of administrative tasks and help prepare students for their check-up or treatment.
Dental therapists and oral health therapists
Dental therapists and oral health therapists are both trained to provide the dental health check-ups and many of the follow-up treatments included in Smile Squad. They provide oral health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and preventative services for children and young people.
They work collaboratively with all members of the dental team, including dentists. Oral health therapists have an additional qualification in dental hygiene and can carry out tasks such as complex scaling and cleaning of teeth.
Dentists and specialists
Dentists specialise in the treatment of conditions affecting the mouth, teeth, jaws and gums. They provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and preventative services.
Dentists and dental specialists will provide more complex treatments (such as root canals or complex extractions, as required).
In addition, Bachelor of Oral Health students may provide some services under the full supervision of oral health therapists.
All Smile Squad staff are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Association
Reviewed 05 April 2023