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As a dental hygienist, your main role is to encourage patients to look after their teeth and gums. You would also give treatments to patients. You would use a range of dental instruments to:
- remove plaque
- clean and polish teeth to help prevent gum disease
- apply antibacterial treatments to reduce decay
- give local anaesthetic under the supervision of a dentist
- apply temporary coatings and sealants to protect teeth
- encourage and demonstrate tooth brushing and flossing to individuals and groups.
You would also maintain sterile conditions and occasionally take x-rays. A dental nurse may support you for some procedures.
You could work in general dental practice, the community dental service and in hospitals.
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 travelling 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.
The pay system in the NHS is called Agenda for Change (AfC).
Dental hygienists are usually on AfC band 5, earning between £23,692 and £29,180.
With experience this could rise to band 6, earning between £30,041 and £36,876.