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Direct Access Dental Hygiene

In the year 2013, the General Dental Council removed the need for a dentist to refer to a dental hygienist or dental therapist. This means hygienists and therapists can carry out their full scope of practice without the patient having to see a dentist first.

What does this mean for you?

Your appointment will be a little bit longer as our hygienist will need to take comprehensive dental, medical and social history, in order to deliver the best dental treatment for your needs. The dental hygienist will provide instructions on how to care for your oral health at home and will carry out the teeth cleaning and polishing (scale & polish) for you. If needed, they will recommend seeing a dental therapist or dentist for a general dental check-up. The dental hygienist will recommend suitable appointment recalls and answers any questions you might have. You will then leave the clinic with a healthier mouth.