The importance of dental hygiene is changing. Direct access has been approved and hygienists are opening their own practices. The dental health care system is evolving and your role is greatly increasing within its boundaries.
It has been estimated that at least half of the adult population in the UK has some degree of periodontal disease. As this population ages, links between systemic and oral disease rises greatly, thus increasing the need for a more efficient, effective and modern approach to periodontal therapy and maintenance. Yet, as of March 2014, there are only 6,430 registered dental hygienists with the General Dental Council (GDC) and 39,258 dentists working in 22,830 dental surgeries within the UK. The necessity for dental hygienists and proper periodontal care is greater than ever.