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Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants Have Different Roles

A dental hygienist and a dental assistant are two separate roles within a dental practice, both helping to support the dentist. Each role performs different tasks in assisting the dentist in the overall care of the patient’s teeth and gum health.

Key takeaways:

  • A dental assistant will assist a dentist during procedures which includes prepping the required instruments, while also being responsible for administrative tasks within the practice.
  • A dental hygienist works directly with the patients and can carry out tasks such as teeth cleanings, periodontal exams and taking x-rays.
  • The dentist is the only professional in a practice who can diagnose oral health issues and perform procedures like cavities, teeth extractions and restorative dental work.

“Dental hygienists must be licensed and graduate from an accredited program for dental hygienists to practice. These professionals can apply fluoride and sealants and monitor your dental health for signs of disease.”

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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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