Dental Hygienists: Their Role & Credentials

Dental hygienists are registered dental professionals who help patients maintain their oral health by preventing and treating periodontal disease and promoting good oral health practice.

They carry out treatment directly to patients or under prescription from a dentist.

All our dental hygienists are qualified, trained, competent and indemnified.

They can:

  • 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
  • complete periodontal examination and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease
  • diagnose and develop a treatment plan
  • 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 supragingival and subgingival scaling and root surface debridement using manual and powered instruments
  • use appropriate anti-microbial therapy to manage plaque related diseases
  • adjust restored surfaces in relation to periodontal treatment
  • apply topical treatments and fissure sealants
  • give patients advice on how to stop smoking
  • take intra and extra-oral photographs
  • give local anaesthetic
  • place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement
  • place rubber dams
  • take impressions
  • take care of implants and conduct treatment of peri-implant tissues
  • identify anatomical features, recognise abnormalities and interpret common pathology
  • carry out oral cancer screening
  • if necessary, refer patients to other healthcare professionals
  • keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records
  • if working on prescription, vary the detail but not the direction of the prescription according to patient needs
  • carry out tooth whitening to the prescription of a dentist
  • remove sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist


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