Telford residents who are afraid of going to the dentist can now receive oral hygiene care following a ruling by the General Dental Council that came into effect in May 2013.
With the General Dental Council’s removal of its barrier to direct access to certain dental care professionals, Bridge Dental Smiles in Oakengates, Telford is encouraging patients who are afraid of seeing a dentist to see a dental hygienist or therapist.
“This is a big step in the right direction”, explained dental hygienist and therapist, Carol Butler.
“It’s a good thing for patients and will hopefully encourage more people to access dental care who otherwise wouldn’t. It’s ideal for all those patients who avoid going to the dentist but would like their teeth to be professionally cleaned. I know there are a lot of people in Telford that would use it if they knew about it.”
“Gum disease is the major cause of adult tooth loss in the UK. As half the population don’t go to the dentist regularly, that’s a lot of untreated gum disease. Hopefully, this new direct access initiative from the GDC will break down the barriers of seeking the oral health advice people need.”
The GDC ruling means patients will be able to request an appointment with a dental hygienist without having to see a dentist first.
Bridge Dental Smiles are making appointments now for non-patients to see one of their dental hygienists, Sarah Russell or Carol Butler. They can be contacted on 01952 613311 or here.