Dental Hygienist or Therapist

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Dental hygienists carry out a range of treatments for patients, to protect teeth and gums and prevent and treat oral disease. They also promote good oral hygiene. Hygienists do dual training which also qualifies them in dental therapy.

The Work

You could be:

As a dental therapist, in addition to the above, you could also carry out some clinical work including routine fillings for adults and children, simple extractions of baby teeth and special root fillings on baby teeth.



Getting In

Most dental hygienists work in the National Health Service (NHS) or private surgeries and hospitals with dentists or orthodontal or periodontal specialists, but you might also find a job in industry, the armed services or the community. You might be able to work abroad. Today people tend to qualify jointly in dental hygiene and dental therapy.

What Does it Take?

You should be:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT)
Tel: 01788 575050

Disclosure Scotland
Tel: 0870 609 6006

General Dental Council
Tel: 020 7167 6000

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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