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Dental Hygiene

Course options in Dental Hygiene



Career opportunities

Dental Hygienists provide and essential service in across a range of dental care environments. Graduates may expect to work in a general dental services or community dental services clinical workplace. Within these environments dental hygienists work as part of the broader dental team, managing their own patients, and supplementing the care provided by other dental registrants.

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It is expected that dental hygienists will play an increasing role in NHS dental service delivery in Wales as policy changes continue to emphasise the utilisation of Hygienists.

Dental Hygienists can focus on specific elements of care or work in specific care environments, including teaching hospitals, dental schools, armed forces, prisons, or residential care facilities. Unique career pathways are available through continued professional development and lifelong learning opportunities. Some dental hygienists become dental educators, regulators, and academics.

Dental hygiene is also a platform to progress between roles within dentistry. Progression from dental hygiene to dental therapy is common.

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If you have any questions about the course, our lecturers are on hand to help. Below are some examples of frequently asked questions. Can you think of any more? 

  • What are the qualities of a successful Dental Hygiene student at Bangor?
  • How can I prepare myself to study Dental Hygiene at Bangor?
  • How will I know that Dental Hygiene at Bangor is the right choice for me?

Our research

Our research groups are all part of the Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research (BIHMR). We are building on BIHMR’s success in REF 2014 to sustain and grow excellence in health, medical and social care research. We conduct research of the highest standard, with UK and international impact that contributes to improvements in local health and healthcare, as well as making an impact across Wales, the United Kingdom and internationally."

Below are some examples of recent research projects linked the dental hygiene and care professionals from Bangor University:

• Can Hygiene-Therapists maintain the oral health of routine low-risk dental recall patients in "high-street" dental practices: a pilot study.
• uSing rolE-substitutioN In care hOmes to improve oRal health (SENIOR).
Realist Evaluation of the In Practice Prevention Programme.
A Realist Evaluation of NSH Dental Contract Pilots Across Wales.

Summary of research projects


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