Education & Careers


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. In 2008, this original document was updated to reflect contemporary dental hygiene practice.

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.

Use the Standards as a resource for assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, documentation and more.

Move Forward

Armed with the right resources, you can strengthen your clinical practice. These resources include a wind range of evidence-based practice guidelines and recommendations you can use every day to support you in providing only the best care for your patients.