Research | ADHA - American Dental Hygienists Association

Education & Research


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 Posters at Annual Conference

Each year at ADHA’s Annual Conference, we provide dental hygiene researchers and educators the opportunity to present their work, exchange ideas and share information with their peers through the following events:

  • Research Poster Sessions (for dental hygiene professionals)
  • Graduate Student Clinician’s Research Program
  • Undergraduate Student Research Competition

More details on each event can be found on the conference website by clicking here.