Most of you have probably noticed the new face at Boldmere. I’m Maddy, a Dental Therapist I have just moved to the area from Leeds. I qualified from the University of Manchester in 2014, graduating with an honours BSc in Oral health Science. I really love my job and I am passionate about helping people achieve oral health. I want to work with patients to create a positive dental experience.
It all began as early as the first world war. It was difficult to recruit dentists and there was a growing need for dental care for children. The introduction of ‘Dental Dressers’ was piloted in a few local authorities, who could clean, fill and extract children’s teeth under the direct supervision of a dentist. However, this role met opposition from the government and in 1923 the practice was dropped.
By the end of the second world war there was a noted increase in dental need again. The UK then took inspiration from New Zealand who had developed a similar role to Dental Dressers and by the 1950’s this role was introduced in the UK. This practice was developed in addition to Dental Hygienists who were first trained by the Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1943.
The Dental Therapy role was only applicable in a hospital or community setting until 2002 when they were permitted to work within general dental and private practice. Since 2002, the role has developed with direct access; meaning you can see a Dental Hygienist or Therapist without having to see a dentist first, improving access to care. Now many of the training programmes for Dental Hygienists and Therapists are combined. There are a growing number of courses available to increase our skill set. Currently the British Dental Hygiene and Therapy associations are campaigning for the right to prescribe things such as local anaesthetic and fluoride without a dentist.
We can provide a range of treatments as part of your care, such as:
As part of your patient journey you may be asked to attend an appointment with myself which could be for any of the treatments mentioned above. This sharing of the workload can be likened to seeing a practice nurse for some appointments instead of your GP. It can help reduce waiting times and increase the level of care that we can give you.
I look forward to seeing you at your next visit.