Dental hygienists provide clinical and educational care
for individuals and groups of patients in the community.
They work alongside and under the instruction of
dentists in clinical settings which include general
practice, the community dental service, hospitals,
industry and the Armed Forces.
Dental hygiene can include removing plaque and calculus, polishing teeth, applying antibacterial agents, administering local anaesthetic under supervision of a registered dentist, and applying temporary coatings and sealants. They can take x-rays, and may be assisted by a dental nurse.
Throughout their work dental hygienists use a range of dental instruments and ensure that sterile conditions are maintained at all times.
Hours worked are usually 8.30am-5pm with occasional evening and Saturday work. Those working in hospitals may have to work shifts or be on-call. Part-time work is possible, and self-employment may be an option.
Community dental work may involve some travel. Self-
employed hygienists may work for a number of practices.
Protective clothing is worn.
To be a dental hygienist you should:
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School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry
St George's Building
141 High Street
Tel: 023 9284 5222