As of May 2013, General Dental Council permits patients to directly access the services of dental hygienists. Previously, hygienists had to work on the prescription of a dentist. This means that hygienists can now carry out their full scope of practice without prescription and without the patient having to see a dentist first.
You need to understand the scope of what dental hygienists can and cannot do. They can:
-Remove stain, tartar, bacterial deposits and other debris
-Give advice on oral hygiene
-Show how to use tools such as interdental brushes
-Advice you on the progression of gum disease but more advanced conditions need to be assessed by a dentist.
However, they cannot diagnose or give the prognosis of diseases such as decay, broken teeth, etc. They also cannot prescribe antibiotics, painkillers or any other drugs to ease the symptoms.
If you would like to book an appointment to see our hygienist Colin Dunlop, please give us a call on 020 8567 4344.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
Monday to Friday:
8.30am – 5.00pm
9.00am – 4.00pm