Dental Hygiene Education 2017
~ with Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS

The profession of dental hygiene is entering a truly exciting time of evolution. Peer professionals and patients alike are now understanding the preventive purpose of the dental hygienist. In addition, the proven success of dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment planning as well as related preventive care are also now being recognized.

Therefore, the emphasis must now be on preparing for these new horizons in dental hygiene education as well as maintaining continuing education (CE) throughout the professional lifetime of the dental hygienist. Also recognized is the importance of far reaching technology in the everyday lives of both patients and dental hygienists. Adaption to change is the key to the future!

The American Dental Hygienists' have updated the National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda. Last revised in 2007, the agenda reflects current research priorities aimed at meeting national health objectives and to systematically advance dental hygiene’s unique body of knowledge. Research in our area of expertise is also important as we move forward as a unique profession!

However, it is important to keep in mind that effective communication is as important to healthcare as clinical skill or new technology. To improve individual health and build healthy communities, healthcare providers such as dental hygienists need to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities. This stress on diversity must begin in the professional education of the dental hygienist.

Finally, each learning situation has its own unique culture, values, principles and processes, as well as codes of conduct. However, as a dental professional, every dental hygienist, whether student or licensed, needs to consider their professional actions as they expand and grow in their career. It is imperative that we transform as a profession so as to make our mark on the 21st century.

RDH Magazine Editorial on Margaret and Local Anesthesia

ADHA Access Magazine Member Profile of Margaret

ADHA Access Magazine Consumer Education Guest Editorial by


Check out Margaret's Twitter for 2016 UOR Maryland at

Margaret can be contacted in regards to writing, speaking or other related matter

Margaret as Adjunct Faculty in the new Dental Education Clinic for Seattle Central College, Seattle, WA



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Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS
Dental Hygiene Educational Consultant/
Dental Science Technical Writer, ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene / Alfred C. Fones Award Recipient (Founder of Dental Hygiene)

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