As efforts continue nationwide to expand the dental hygiene scope of practice, it is imperative that dental hygiene diagnosis be included in the education and practice of dental hygienists for the successful transformation of the profession. It is the position of the ADHA that dental hygiene diagnosis is a necessary and intrinsic element of dental hygiene education and scope of practice. The ADHA supports dental hygiene curricula that leads to competency in the dental hygiene process of care: assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation.

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