Education & Careers

Research Center

Industry-specific research has become increasingly important to achieving our mission to advance the art and science of dental hygiene. Facilitating the development of new clinical techniques, materials and treatments modalities, research also has an impact on access to care, education and public and private policies on oral health.

The goal of the ADHA Division of Research is to broaden our involvement in a variety of oral health research initiatives. In addition, we will support internal association-related endeavors that rely on research or statistical expertise.

Both inside and outside of the research arena, it is important for practitioners to make decisions that are firmly grounded in knowledge obtained from research and clinical experiences. To help advance our profession, the National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda identifies the following priority research areas :

  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Health Services Research
  • Professional Education and Development
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene Care
  • Occupational Health and Safety

As part of the professional dental hygiene community, we are committed to using the NDHRA to guide research, enhance patient-centered care, improve the quality of services and foster other professional efforts. We are also focused on acquiring data that supports the educational goals of the profession and the public and private policies that keep it moving forward. Get involved in the research that is reshaping your profession.

Undergraduate Student Research Competition

For more information on participating at this years 94th Annual Conference, click here.

Research Poster Abstracts

Registration for the Research Poster Abstracts is now closed.

For information about Research Poster abstract submissions please view the guidelines and sample abstract below:


Contact the ADHA Research center with any questions or information requests at 312-440-8924.

Learn More