Nicola Taaffe

@ West Grove

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On 1st of May 2013, the General Dental Council changed their legislation on how patients can access dental hygienists and dental therapists. Previously, all dental care has been delivered to patients under the prescription of a dentist. The new ruling, called Direct Access, means a dental examination prior to seeing a dental hygienist or dental therapist is no longer required. 

  • A Direct Access appointment allows the dental hygienist to thoroughly scale your teeth and remove any staining that cannot be removed by brushing alone, that may be caused by smoking, red wine, coffee and tea.

  • You will be given oral hygiene advice and be advised on the progression and prevention of gum disease.

  • Not only is the appointment intended to improve the appearance of your mouth, it will also improve your overall oral health.

  • You do not need to be a registered patient in order to receive Direct Access treatment with us. You can be registered to another dentist or not registered with a dentist at all.

  • We would love you see you regularly but we are happy to see you on an occasion, if you have an upcoming event such as a wedding or holiday, for example.

Please note:

During your appointment, the dental hygienist may notice oral health issues requiring examination by a dentist and may recommend a separate appointment for a dental examination.

Direct Access appointments are cosmetic cleaning only and do not substitute a dental examination. We recommend that you attend regular, routine dental examinations.

The dental hygienist cannot diagnose or offer a prognosis.

 If you are concerned about your oral health, please arrange an appointment with a dentist.


2 West Grove, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3AN  |  Tel: 029 2045 3346

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