You are able to access dental hygienist care without the need to visit a dentist first. The following shows the type of treatment she can undertake:

  • Provide dental hygiene care to a wide range of patients
  • Obtain a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate their medical history
  • Carry out a clinical examination to within their competence
  • Complete periodontal examination and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease
  • Diagnose and treatment plan within their competence
  • Prescribe radiographs
  • Take, process and interpret various film views used in general dental practice
  • Plan the delivery of care for patients
  • Give appropriate patient advice
  • Provide preventive oral care to patients and liaise with dentists over the treatment of caries, periodontal disease and tooth wear
  • Undertake scaling above and below the gum line with manual and powered instruments
  • Use appropriate anti-microbial therapy to manage plaque related diseases
  • Adjust restored surface in relation to periodontal treatment
  • Apply topical treatments and fissure sealants
  • Give patients advice on how to stop smoking
  • Take intra and extra oral photograph
  • Give infiltration and inferior dental block analgesia (local anaesthetic) with dentist’s prescription
  • Place temporary dressing and re-cement crowns with temporary cement
  • Place rubber dam
  • Take impressions
  • Care of implants and treatment of peri-implants tissues
  • Cary out oral cancer screening
  • Identify anatomical features, recognise abnormalities
  • Tooth whitening following dentist prescription (a dentist must carry out an oral examination and write an appropriate prescription prior to any tooth whitening treatment)
  • Keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records
  • If necessary, refer patient to other healthcare professionals
Dental Hygienists DO NOT:

  • Restore teeth
  • Carry out pulp treatments
  • Adjust unrestored surfaces
  • Extract teeth.
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