Barriers Broken to Direct Access

The GDC recently removed its barrier to Direct Access for some dental care professionals, making it even more accessible for patients to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

Up until recently, patients had to be seen by a dentist before being treated by other members of the dental team. With these new guidelines in place, it means that other dental care professionals including dental hygienists and therapists can carry out their full scope of work without needing a prescription from the dentist.

Although there are some treatments exempt – such as tooth whitening and Botox – you’ll find that hygienists and therapists can offer most other routine treatments as long as they are fully trained and competent to do so.

If you are unsure as to whether your practice offers treatment via Direct Access, ask the practice manager and make sure you feel fully informed before receiving any kind of treatment.

You can also visit the GDC website (http://www.gdc-uk.org/dentalprofessionals/standards/pages/direct-access.aspx) for more information.