Oral hygiene instruction: Tariff Code – 8151
The dental knowledge of the patient/parent to prevent oral diseases should be evaluated before oral hygiene instructions is provided e.g., do they know what is dental plague, how can it be removed, what is fluoride, how does fluoride work to prevent dental caries, how can fluoride be used and what is a dental sealant.
An oral hygiene instruction may include, but is not limited to: Plaque control information, e.g. instruction pamphlets or leaflets; Dietary instructions; Explanation and demonstration of plaque control (brushing and flossing); Self-practice session in the mouth under professional supervision; Use of special aids such as disclosing agents; and Scoring of plaque levels (plaque index).
The patient must be informed prior to the service being rendered that a fee will be levied for oral hygiene instruction.
Oral hygiene instructions to a child should take place in the presence of a parent and/or guardian.