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Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice

Standards for excellence.

One hallmark of a true profession is its willingness to assume responsibility for the quality of care that its members provide. In 1985, the ADHA took a major step toward fulfillment of that responsibility with the development of Applied Standards of Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice. This document is the third revision to build on those Standards and promote dental hygiene practice based on current and relevant scientific evidence.

Why it is important

The primary purpose of the Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice is to assist dental hygiene clinicians in the provider-patient relationship. In addition, dental hygienists employed in other professional roles such as educator, researcher advocate and administrator/manager can use these Standards to facilitate the implementation of collaborative, patient-centered care in multidisciplinary teams of health professionals. This collaboration can occur in a variety of practice settings including community and public health centers, hospitals, school- based programs, long-term care facilities, outreach and home care programs.

The secondary purpose of these Standards is to educate other health care providers, policy makers and the public about the clinical practice of dental hygiene.

Practice Resources

Dental Hygiene Diagnosis Position Paper