Direct Access Guidance

‘Direct Access’ means giving patients the option to see a dental care professional (DCP) without having to first see a dentist and without a prescription from a dentist. The requirement to carry out certain treatments under prescription from a dentist was removed on 1st May 2013.


This means that Dental Hygienists may choose to carry out their full scope of practice, except tooth whitening, without a prescription from a dentist if they feel confidant to do so. At all times registrants must act in the patient’s best interests and comply with the GDC’s standards.


In practice this means that patients may see hygienists without seeing their dentist first but the need for regular checkups with a dentist will always be stressed and is advised.