Dental Hygiene Education 2015
~ 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. Access to preventive dental care is now considered a basic right as the link of oral health to systemic health is being demonstrated.

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!

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.

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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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