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Dental Hygienist Skills for your CV and job application
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:56:06 PM »

You will need to have a degree in oral health science. Foundation degree and DipHE courses usually take 2 years to complete.

The degree course usually takes 3 years full time. You will also need to have DBS to start working as a Dental Hygienist.

You’ll need following skills:
  •     the ability to motivate clients to improve their dental hygiene
  •     excellent communication skills to explain treatments to patients and put them at ease
  •     good eyesight and steady hands for carrying out precision work
  •     the ability to concentrate for long periods
Duties as a Dental Hygienist

You’ll encourage patients to look after their teeth and gums by:
  •     demonstrating tooth brushing and flossing to individuals and groups
  •     giving advice on diet
You’ll provide treatments and use dental instruments for:
  •     removing plaque
  •     cleaning and polishing teeth to help prevent gum disease
  •     applying antibacterial treatments to reduce decay
  •     giving local anaesthetic under the supervision of a dentist
  •     applying temporary coatings and sealants to protect teeth
  •     encouraging and demonstrating tooth brushing and flossing
You’ll 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, in the community dental service or in hospitals.


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