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Dental hygienist Michelle Coles won an award for designing the patient tool ‘Hooked on Oral Hygiene’ (pictured). BDJ Team interviewed Michelle to find out about her background in dentistry and what inspired her invention.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.