Oral Health Therapist Register
With the enactment of the Dental Registration Act on 1st of January 2008, Oral Health Therapists (OHTs) are required to register with the Singapore Dental Council (SDC). Their names would appear on Division 3 of the Dental Register.
The registration and regulation of OHTs heralds a new era of Dentistry in Singapore as the OHTs would now be able to seek employment and work in the private sector.
The register is divided into two parts, namely:
Part I of the register of OHT - must work in collaboration with a Div I dentist by referral, however, direct supervision of the work is not required. OHT registered in Part I is still required to work within the prescribed scope of dentistry.
(i) have the requisite qualifications for registration as an OHT; and
(ii) have worked a minimum of 5 years under the direct supervision of a Div I dentist in Singapore.
Part II of the register of OHT - must work under supervision of registered dentists in Div I of the Dentists Register in an approved work place. OHT registered in Part II is required to work within the prescribed scope of dentistry.
OHTs under Part II registration, having undergone 5 years' supervision, may apply to Council for conversion to Part I registration. However, this will be subjected to Council's approval.
(i) have the requisite qualifications for registration as an OHT.
The Council may require a person with a qualification, other than a qualification specified in the Schedule, to undergo and pass a qualifying examination conducted or arranged by the Council or by such other person as the Council may appoint.
Types of OHTs
There are three categories of Oral Health Therapists, namely:
Each category of OHT is restricted to the workscope that they can perform.