King’s College London Launches Dental Therapy and Hygiene Course

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The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London has launched the Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc undergraduate course, which is now open for applications for September 2020 entry.

Dental therapists and hygienists work to promote oral health and restore tooth function and carry out a significant amount of the primary care within general dental practices without the need for a referral from a dentist, according to King’s College London.

From oral disease prevention strategies to direct restorations, King’s College London says, dental therapists and hygienists face the intellectual challenges of diagnostics and the technical challenges of treatment in dentistry.

The Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc course combines the latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience, the school reports. Taught by internationally renowned staff, students are exposed to a breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment, it adds.

The course is designed to integrate with the undergraduate Dentistry BDS program, offering students the opportunity to co-train and preparing them for employment as a GDC registered professional and a key member of the dental practice team, King’s College London says.

“The faculty are delighted in September 2020 to welcome therapy and hygiene students together with dental students onto new, innovative curriculums, which will allow us to educate the dental team of the future to improve global oral health,” said professor Kim Piper, dean for education. 

The new BSc is replacing the long established and highly successful Diploma run by King’s College Hospital and will be taught by many of the same experienced staff, the school says.

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