CAO CODE: TR802 The role of the dental hygienist is to improve oral and dental health for individuals as well as for groups in collaboration with a registered dentist. The dental hygienist, as a clinician, focuses on the prevention and treatment related to the risk factors associated with gum diseases and dental decay. The dental hygienist is also an oral health promoter who plans, implements and evaluates oral health promotional activities for groups and individuals. The dental hygienist works within the dental team and with other groups of health care workers to provide a holistic approach to patient care. This two-year course is based in the Dublin Dental School and Hospital which is located on Trinity's campus. It qualifies you for entry to the Dental Council Register of Dental Hygienists. It has academic, project-based and clinical components, and is carried out in the Dublin Dental School and Hospital on Trinity campus and health board units in Dublin. Emphasis is on small group interactive learning, design and implementation of community and health promotion projects, evidence-based learning, and clinical practice. You will be integrated with undergraduate dental science students to a minor extent and dental nursing students for some elements of the course to ensure effective teamwork throughout the dental profession.
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