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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.

Pay

Conditions

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
2473
0.2 %
FALL
2022
2468
  United Kingdom
2017
35087
0.2 %
RISE
2022
35149

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT)
Tel: 01788 575050
E-mail: enquiries@bsdht.org.uk
Website: http://www.bsdht.org.uk/
Twitter: @BSDHTUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSDHT

General Dental Council
Tel: 020 7167 6000
Website: http://www.gdc-uk.org/
Twitter: @GDC_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeneralDentalCouncil/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

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

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