Research is critically  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.

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 (NDHRA) 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

View the National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda

Requests for Research and Research Support

The ADHA regularly conducts research studies on various important topics within or affecting the practice of dental hygiene and the ADHA membership. ADHA also receives many requests for research or research support. Please view the ADHA’s Policy on Requests for Research Support prior to soliciting support from ADHA for a research project.

The Journal of Dental Hygiene

The Journal of Dental Hygiene (JDH) is the premier, peer-reviewed scientific research publication. In each issue, ADHA members will find articles to help them make evidence-based treatment decisions and so much more. The JDH’s Editorial Review Board (ERB) consists of nationally and internationally recognized content experts in the dental hygiene profession, as well experts from dentistry, physical therapy, nursing and public health. Published bi-monthly, archived articles are available for review, but only ADHA members and paid JDH subscribers have access to the last 12 months of JDH research and content.

Learn more about JDH