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Dental hygienists and therapists

A collection of articles, features and research published in BDJ Team, relevant to or focused on the dental hygienist and/or the dental therapist.

Dental hygienists and therapists

In July 2013, dental hygienist Shaun Howe moved to the Shetland Islands with his family to take up a position with NHS Shetland. A year later, he tells BDJ Team how he is getting on.

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Passions run high when it comes to job titles. So, what should dually qualified dental hygienists and dental therapists call themselves – and why? Here, we poll the BADT council

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Yasmin Aydin secured a place at dental school by first completing a degree in dental hygiene and therapy. She is now an undergraduate dental student and the first student to Chair a Section of the British Dental Association (BDA).

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Stephen Turner and Margaret Ross conducted a survey of dental hygienists and therapists working in direct access practices in the UK to find out how they were functioning, which treatments were involved, and the barriers they had encountered.

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Dental hygienist Susan Bissett is a PhD student at Newcastle University and Team Lead for the Dental Clinical Research Facility. In 2014 Susan was the first ever dental hygienist to be awarded a four-year Doctoral Research Fellowship by the National Institute of Health Research (UK). Susan is Mum to two teenagers. Interview by Kate Quinlan

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In this article, originally published in Dental Health in July, the BSDHT and BADT interview Michaela ONeill (pictured) and explain their mission to secure prescribing rights for dental hygienists and dental therapists, and the process for doing so.

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Jocelyn Harding, or Joss, has been working in dentistry for 30 years and is currently a dental hygienist at Confident Dental and Implants Centre in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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Dental therapist, tutor and coach Christine Macleavy1 provides her top tips for administering local anaesthesia and inferior dental nerve blocks (IDB), for dental hygienists and therapists.

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Michael Wheeler, past president of the British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, outlines the controversial history of the role of the dental hygienist and describes why they have good cause to celebrate their profession in 2018.

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