Career outlook for dental hygienist
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would encourage children and adults to take good care of their teeth and gums. You’d give people advice and information and show them the best way to brush and floss to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
You’d also do dental treatments to prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease, using a range of dental instruments.
- Remove plaque
- Clean and polish teeth to help prevent gum disease
- Apply antibacterial treatments to reduce decay
- Give local anaesthetic under the supervision of a dentist
- Apply temporary coatings and sealants to protect teeth
- Demonstrate good tooth brushing and flossing to individuals and groups
- Keep the instruments sterile
- Occasionally take x-rays
You could work in general dental practice, the community dental service and in hospitals. A dentist would supervise your work and a dental nurse may support you for some procedures.
You could work for the National Health Service (NHS) or in the private sector.You can see more about this role in the National Health Service on the Dental hygienist page on the NHSScotland Careers website.
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