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If you have good communication skills, and you are interested in helping people to look after their teeth and gums, then the role of a dental hygienist could be for you.
Dental hygienists (also known as oral health practitioners) give adults and children advice and information on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
They also provide treatments to help prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease. They work under the instruction of dentists to help prevent dental problems.
To work as a dental hygienist you would need to take a General Dental Council approved course.
You would usually work between 8.30am and 5pm, with occasional evening and weekend duties.
If you were based at a hospital, you could work shifts or be on call. If you worked for the community dental service, your day-to-day work would usually involve traveling between patients and health centres. As a self-employed hygienist, you would often see clients at a number of locations.
Part-time hours and opportunities for self-employment are often available.