Queen’s University Belfast Dental Hygiene

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Queen’s University Belfast Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists and those dually qualified in dental hygiene and therapy (DHT) can work in all sectors of dentistry, their role is twofold.

They have both clinical and health promotional responsibilities. Clinically they help to treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease by scaling and polishing teeth, applying prophylactic and antimicrobial materials, they take dental radiographs and undertake monitoring and screening procedures.

DHT’s can also treat the dentition with simple restorations, placement of preformed crowns and pulp treatments on deciduous teeth (baby or milk teeth). They can also extract baby teeth.

Dental hygienists and DHT’s are also permitted to apply topical fluorides and fissure sealants in order to reduce dental caries (tooth decay).

Their health promotional role includes motivating and encouraging individuals and groups in oral health practises, including oral hygiene and dietary advice.

Both dental hygienists & DHT’s work within the dental team, utilising good communication skills and demonstrating a high level of manual dexterity in order to undertake complex oral treatments.

Following qualification, dental hygienists and DHT’s can work in many settings – NHS/Independent general practice, specialist periodontal or orthodontic practice, hospital (staff posts, tutors/lecturer, and specialist departments eg. special needs), education, research, health promotion and community as well as working aboard and setting up their own dental practice.

With additional training they can provide other treatments such as tooth whitening under the prescription of a dentist and since 2013 they can be accessed directly for all other treatments.

Once qualified, continuing professional development (CPD) is important in order to keep skills and knowledge up to date. ‘Certificates of Attendance’ are awarded to delegates attending BSDHT CPD events, all courses are designed to meet the criteria of the GDC lifelong learning scheme.

Qualifications & Educational Programmes

There are several ways to qualify as a dental hygienist or a DHT:

Diploma in Dental Hygiene – two year full time course

Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy – 27 month full time course

BSc in Oral Health Science – three year full time course

BSc (Hons) (Edinburgh) – four year course.

The entry requirements for these courses vary and you are advised to contact the school of your choice for a prospectus.

To have worked in a dental environment and obtained a dental nurse qualification, would be advantageous.

All training is based on the curricula determined by the General Dental Council. A further General Dental Council document confirms your scope of practice.

Educational Centres

There are many training schools in the UK that offer training to become a dental hygienist or a dually qualified dental hygienist and therapist – a full list is given below. Most training courses lead to a dual qualification in dental hygiene and therapy.

choice for a prospectus.

All training is based on the curricula determined by the General Dental Council. A further General Dental Council document confirms your scope of practice.

Educational Centres

There are many training schools in the UK that offer training to become a dental hygienist or a dually qualified dental hygienist and therapist – a full list is given below. Most training courses lead to a dual qualification in dental hygiene and therapy.

Please refer to the individual school programmes website for further information and access to the relevant prospectus.  The prospectus will provide details about the course structure, qualifications at the end of the training, length of the training course, entry requirements, when the course starts and how to apply.

 

Queens University Belfast W: www.qub.ac.uk/cd
E: dentistry@qub.ac.uk
T: 02890 263244
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