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Education & Research

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.

Research Poster Abstracts

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Annual Conference Research Poster Session provides dental hygiene researchers and educators the opportunity to present their work, exchange ideas and share information and effective strategies for teaching and mentoring research with their colleagues and other dental hygienists. Abstracts are being solicited for an open poster session during the 95th Annual Conference in Columbus, OH.

Registration for the Research Poster Abstracts is now closed.

If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Dempsay at

Undergraduate Student Research Competition

For more information on participating at this years 95th Annual Conference, click here.

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