Dental Hygienists

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Dental hygienists are an integral part of the dental team.

Meet Dawn and Sarah, their role involves:

• obtaining a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate their medical history

• complete periodontal examination and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease

• diagnose and treatment plan within their competence, prescribe radiographs, take, process and interpret various film views used in general dental practice

•plan the delivery of care for patients and 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

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• 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 infiltration and inferior dental block analgesia

• place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement

• place rubber dam

• take impressions

•care of implants and treatment of peri-implant tissues

• identify anatomical features, recognise abnormalities and interpret common pathology and carry out oral cancer screening

• if necessary, refer patients to other healthcare professionals