Sophie loves children and has already established herself as a practice favourite with our young dental patients at North Street Dental here in Dudley in the West Midlands.
Her scope of practice is under the prescription of our dentists and she is also able to see referral patients.
It may surprise you to know that, under the General Dental Council edict, she has far more skills than just delivering a scale and polish, the most common of therapies people associate with her clinical role.
But Sophie and people like her are qualified to do more – much more.
Our hygienist’s scope
As a dental hygienist and dental therapist, Sophie is able to deliver treatment plans within her competence and evaluate medical history. She can take and interpret radiographs and provide preventive oral health care to patients. Sophie may complete periodontal examinations and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease. She can take intra and extra-oral photographs and carry out oral cancer screening and referrals.
Additional clinical scope includes administering anaesthesia, carrying out the removal of the soft tissues inside a tooth on primary teeth. Sophie can take impressions, extract primary teeth and place crowns on primary teeth. She can undertake supragingival and subgingival scaling and root surface debridement, place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement.
She is able to carry out tooth whitening under the prescription of a dentist, apply fissure sealants and carry out simple fillings on children and adults.
Of course, Sophie is also qualified to use appropriate anti-microbial therapy to manage plaque-related diseases and apply topical treatments. She can also offer help and advice on how to stop smoking.