Dental hygiene and dental therapy are concerned with maintaining and managing aspects of oral and dental health and preventing oral and dental diseases. This requires an understanding of the whole body, knowledge of the mouth and an appreciation of social influences as well as precise manual skills.
Dental hygienists and therapists work to a treatment plan provided by a dentist. They help patients develop and maintain good oral health. They do this by restoring teeth (doing fillings) and, for child patients, they can also carry out extractions, pulp therapy and stainless steel crowns. The treatment of periodontal (gum) disease is also a major component of the work. Their preventive role includes giving advice on diet, oral hygiene and smoking cessation. Other care they can provide is the taking and developing of radiographs and the taking of impressions.
2020 entry requirements:
4 Highers at ABBB including Biology plus English and Chemistry at National 5.
All potential oral health science students are required to undergo screening for blood borne viruses (Hepatitis B and C, and HIV). You will also be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check.
Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing