Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene | Bachelor's degree | Health & Well-Being | On Campus | 3 years | Cardiff University | United Kingdom
Dental hygienists and therapists work closely with other members of the dental team. A dental hygienist can carry out treatments such as scaling and polishing, oral health promotion and preventative fissure sealants for both adults and children, therapists, in addition are able to carry out a variety of restorative treatments (fillings) on patients. They may also extract deciduous (baby) teeth, undertake pulpotomies (nerve treatments) and place preformed crowns on badly decayed children’s teeth.
Studying at the only dental hospital in Wales you will have the opportunity to serve and manage a diverse group of patients of with a wide range of dental disease. You will train alongside undergraduate dental hygienists and dentists learning the same skills. In years two and three you will attend clinical placements at local outreach dental clinics, providing treatment in situations closely allied to the general practice arena. This will support your understanding of how your role fits the dental team environment in preparation for when you qualify.
Clinical skills are developed in the School’s state of the art clinical skills laboratory, a facility that closely simulates the real clinical experience, allowing you to prepare and practice for patient care. You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic clinical staff and consultants within the dental hospital as well as clinical staff working in the primary care environment.
The School of Dentistry is located in the University Dental Hospital on Cardiff University’s Heath Park campus, a 53-acre site shared with the University Hospital of Wales. We facilitate a friendly and supportive sense of community that helps ensure that our students succeed. As evidence of such the NSS 2017 found that 95% of our students agreed that staff were good at explaining things.
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