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The advice in this section is for general guidance only.
If you need more specific advice you can call one of our dento-legal advisers on 0800 374 626. They are available between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and provide an on-call service for dento-legal emergencies or urgent queries 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Alternatively you can fill out our form and an adviser will respond.
In a joint podcast on Direct Access, dento-legal adviser Leo Briggs and the BSDHT's president Julie Rosse talk about the legal and ethical limits of the treatment that a hygienist or therapist can actually provide, the barriers to practising entirely independently and what direct access means in practice.
Dental hygienists and therapists can now carry out treatments involving the administration of fluorides and local anaesthetics under a Patient Group Direction (PGD).
The Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England, Sara Hurley, has written to dental professionals in England to remind them about the latest advice for EpiPens in dental practice.
Complaints are common, and it's vital to know how to handle them professionally and appropriately.
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