Introducing National Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Day

Dentistry is delighted to announce National Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Daya brand new national day dedicated to celebrating the invaluable contributions of dental hygienists and dental therapists.

In association with the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT), the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) and the Irish Dental Hygienist’s Association (IDHA), this new national day will take place on 1 May. This is to commemorate the day direct access came into force for dental hygienists and dental therapists on 1 May 2013.

To mark the inaugural National Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Day, and with the support of NSK, Dentistry will be launching a six-week campaign highlighting the achievements, challenges, and evolution of dental hygienists and dental therapists.

Stay tuned for a host of articles, videos, advice on all things dental hygiene and therapy, including how to implement a therapy-led approach in practice, the history of dental hygienists and dental therapists, and top tips for re-skilling as a dental therapist.

Unsung heroes

Guy Hiscott, FMC editorial director, said: ‘Dental hygienists and dental therapists are at the very heart of what dentistry should be aspiring to – the prevention of dental disease and promotion of oral health.

‘The skills, insight and passion that these clinicians bring is nothing less than foundational for modern dental care: it’s high time that their contribution to the nation’s health is recognised and celebrated.

‘The very best practices out there are embracing skill mix, encouraging these incredible professionals to work to the full capacity of their scope of practice – and thriving as a result.

‘With more than a decade of direct access now under the collective belts of the nation, it begs the question of why more practices are not following suit. Dental hygiene and therapy is good for patients. It’s good for practices. Let’s take a moment to recognise just how good – and celebrate these unsung heroes as they deserve. ‘

Get involved!

On National Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Day, Dentistry would like to recognise as many members of the dental hygiene and therapy community as possible with a celebratory video.

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Happy National Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Day!

With thanks to our sponsors, NSK.

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