BSDHT

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

Dental hygienists and those dually qualified in dental hygiene and therapy (DHT) can work in all sectors of dentistry, their role is twofold.

They have both clinical and health promotional responsibilities. Clinically they help to treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease by scaling and polishing teeth, applying prophylactic and antimicrobial materials, they take dental radiographs and undertake monitoring and screening procedures.

DHT's can also treat the dentition with simple restorations, placement of preformed crowns and pulp treatments on deciduous teeth (baby or milk teeth). They can also extract baby teeth.

Dental hygienists and DHT's are also permitted to apply topical fluorides and fissure sealants in order to reduce dental caries (tooth decay). 

Their health promotional role includes motivating and encouraging individuals and groups in oral health practises, including oral hygiene and dietary advice.

Both dental hygienists & DHT's work within the dental team, utilising good communication skills and demonstrating a high level of manual dexterity in order to undertake complex oral treatments.

Following qualification, dental hygienists and DHT's can work in many settings - NHS/Independent general practice, specialist periodontal or orthodontic practice, hospital (staff posts, tutors/lecturer, and specialist departments eg. special needs), education, research, health promotion and community as well as working aboard and setting up their own dental practice.

With additional training they can provide other treatments such as tooth whitening under the prescription of a dentist and since 2013 they can be accessed directly for all other treatments. 

Once qualified, continuing professional development (CPD) is important in order to keep skills and knowledge up to date. 'Certificates of Attendance' are awarded to delegates attending BSDHT CPD events, all courses are designed to meet the criteria of the GDC lifelong learning scheme.

Qualifications & Educational Programmes

There are several ways to qualify as a dental hygienist or a DHT:

Diploma in Dental Hygiene - two year full time course

Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy - 27 month full time course

BSc in Oral Health Science - three year full time course

BSc (Hons) (Edinburgh) - four year course.

The entry requirements for these courses vary and you are advised to contact the school of your choice for a prospectus.

To have worked in a dental environment and obtained a dental nurse qualification, would be advantageous.

All training is based on the curricula determined by the General Dental Council. A further General Dental Council document confirms your scope of practice.

Educational Centres

There are many training schools in the UK that offer training to become a dental hygienist or a dually qualified dental hygienist and therapist - a full list is given below. Most training courses lead to a dual qualification in dental hygiene and therapy.

 

choice for a prospectus.

All training is based on the curricula determined by the General Dental Council. A further General Dental Council document confirms your scope of practice.

Educational Centres

There are many training schools in the UK that offer training to become a dental hygienist or a dually qualified dental hygienist and therapist - a full list is given below. Most training courses lead to a dual qualification in dental hygiene and therapy.

Please refer to the individual school programmes website for further information and access to the relevant prospectus.  The prospectus will provide details about the course structure, qualifications at the end of the training, length of the training course, entry requirements, when the course starts and how to apply.

 

Queens University Belfast W: www.qub.ac.uk/cd
E: dentistry@qub.ac.uk
T: 02890 263244
F: 02890 263441
Birmingham School of Dental Hygiene and Therapy  W: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/med/dental-hygiene-therapy.aspx?OpenSection=FeesAndFunding#CourseOverviewTab
T: 0121 466 5125
T: 0121 237 2802
University of Bristol W: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/dental/dcp/
T: 0117 342 4136
Cardiff University W: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/dentl/degreeprogrammes/undergraduate/dentaltherapybsc/index.html
E: enquiry@cardiff.ac.uk
T: 029 2087 4455
University of Dundee W: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/dentalschool/undergraduatestudies/bscinoralhealthscience/
T: 01382 384697
University of Edinburgh W: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/medicine-vet-medicine/undergraduate/oral-health/bsc-oral-health
T: 0131 536 4937
University of Essex W: http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/subjects/oh.aspx
T: 01702 35860
E: emnorris@essex.ac.uk
University of Glasgow W: www.gla.ac.uk/schools/dental
T: 0141 211 9775
University of the Highlands & Inverness W: http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/bsc-oral-health-science
T: 01463 255842
University of Leeds W: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/dental/newldi/prospective_students/hygiene/hygiene.php
T: 0113 343 6255
T: 0113 233 6120
University of Liverpool W: https://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/combined-diploma-in-dental-hygiene-therapy/
E: glenys.wood@liverpool.ac.uk
T: 0151 706 5046
F: 0151 706 5652
University College London Hospitals W: http://www.uclh.nhs.uk/OurServices/ServiceA-Z/EDH/EDUEDH/BURK/Pages/Home.aspx
E: soht@uclh.nhs.uk
T: 020 3456 1205
F: 020 3456 2388
King's College Hospital London W: http://dnetc.kch.nhs.uk/
E: kings.dht@nhs.net
T: 020 3299 5214
Queen Mary University of London
W: http://www.dentistry.qmul.ac.uk/study/dental-care-professionals
E: e.c.philogene@qmul.ac.uk
T: 020 7882 8157
University of Manchester W: http://www.dentistry.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/bsc/
T: 0161 3060232
Greater Manchester School for DCPs W: http://www.mandcp.co.uk/courses_dental_hygiene.html
T: 0161 212 4809
Newcastle University W: www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/a207/courseoverview
T: 0191 282 4679
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools Medicine & Dentistry W: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-dental-therapy-hygiene
E: meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk
T: 01752 437333
University of Portsmouth W: http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/coursetypes/undergraduate/BScHonsDentalHygieneAndDentalTherapy/
E: spcd.enquiries@port.ac.uk
T: 023 9284 3946
T: 023 9284 5222
Queen Mary University of London W: http://www.dentistry.qmul.ac.uk/study/dental-care-professionals
E: e.c.philogene@qmul.ac.uk
T: 020 7882 8157
University of Sheffield W: http://www.shef.ac.uk/dentalschool/undergraduate/ht
T: 0114 226 8287
T: 0114 271 7800
Teeside University W: http://www.tees.ac.uk/undergraduate_courses/Health_&_Social_Care/BSc_(Hons)Dental_Hygiene_and_Dental_Therapy.cfm
E: sohscadmissions@tees.ac.uk T: 01642 384110
UCAS code: B750 BSc/DHDT Typical offer: 240 tariff points

UCAS is the central organisation that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges. Some training schools now use the UCAS route for applications to their courses.

For further information please follow this link: www.ucas.ac.uk or telephone: 01242 227788.

Dental Therapy programmes for qualified dental hygienists

Bristol Further information can be obtained from www.bris.ac.uk/dental or by telephoning: 0117 342 4136
Edinburgh Further details can be obtained from Morag McDiarmid, Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute, 4th Floor, Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9HA
Greater Manchester Further details can be obtained via this link: www.mandcp.co.uk
London MSc in Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry at Kings College London. When requesting information, please inform KCL that you found the information on the BSDHT website.
Essex Further details from emnorris@essex.ac.uk / T 0170 232 8375
http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/prospective/bsc_oral_health.aspx

Adaptation programme for overseas trained dental hygienists

The Dental Hygienist Adaptation Module is suitable if you are a dental hygienist with an existing qualification from another country who has undertaken the GDC Dental Care Professional assessment of your existing qualification. It will help achieve the GDC required learning outcomes for registration as a Hygienist in the UK. If you are a UK Hygienist returning to practice, the Dental Hygienist Adaptation Module is an ideal refresher course that can offer you required CPD hours for re-registration with the GDC.

For further information, please contact The School of Health and Human Sciences, The University of Essex, Southend Campus, Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1LW.

T: 01702 328375 / E: emnorris@essex.ac.uk