COVID-19: Tasked to Respond.
Authors: Gurenlian JR, Eklund K PMID: 33008943 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 5, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Oral Health Professionals Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Toward Patients with Depression.
Authors: McCleary EE, Rainchuso L, Vineyard J, Giblin-Scanlon L Abstract Purpose: Depression is a rising global health concern manifesting bidirectional relationships between chronic disease conditions such as type 2 diabetes and oral health. The purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of oral health care professionals towards individuals with depression.Methods: A 24-item, validated Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey was used for this descriptive, cross-sectional study. Non-probability, convenience and snowball sampling was used to recruit oral health care professio...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 5, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Hispanic Seasonal Farmworker Caregivers' Beliefs and Perceptions of Early Childhood Caries.
Conclusion: Results from this study showed that Hispanic seasonal farmworkers have a desire to maintain their children's oral health. However, they lacked knowledge in some key concepts related to the disease process and prevention of ECC. Caregivers need additional oral health education with consideration for oral health literacy. PMID: 33008945 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 5, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Direct Access Dental Hygienists' Perceptions Concerning Geriatric Curriculum in Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Programs.
Conclusion: Geriatrics may not be covered in sufficient depth to prepare entry-level dental hygiene students for work with these populations in direct access settings. Findings from this study may be used to support improvements in geriatric curriculum for entry-level dental hygiene programs. Future research is needed to determine necessary focus and most effective way to disseminate this curricular content. PMID: 33008946 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 5, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Characterization of Tasks and Time Efficiency of Dental Hygiene Students During Clinical Training.
Conclusion: Patient visits were roughly three times the length of the typical dental hygiene care appointment, indicating a disconnect between training and practice. In addition to spending more time on hand scaling tasks, participants spent a lot of time on equipment setup and interacting with or waiting for faculty members. These findings have implications for improving efficiency in educational settings, particularly to facilitate a successful transition to clinical practice. PMID: 33008947 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 5, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Preventive Dental Care Programs for Children: Parental perceptions and participation barriers.
Conclusion: Results from this study demonstrate the need to understand barriers to full enrollment in preventive oral health programs. Particular attention should be given to cultural differences between the program providers and the local residents. Preventative oral health program organizers need to explore multiple communication options to notify parents of upcoming programs. PMID: 33008948 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 5, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Online Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program: Outcomes of a longitudinal study.
Conclusion: Graduates of the online degree completion program reported ongoing activities in key areas of leadership, evidence- and community-based practice. Future research should focus on ensuring that program goals reflect the evolving dental hygiene profession and program delivery practices meet the needs of the working professional student. PMID: 33008949 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 5, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

COVID-19: Education and Licensure Disruption.
Authors: Stolberg RL PMID: 32753518 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Scholarly Inquiry and Research: An assessment of graduate dental hygiene schools' requirements.
Authors: Brungardt-Davis KL, Mitchell TV, Van Ness CJ, Gadbury-Amyot CC Abstract Purpose: Scholarly inquiry and research are core competencies for graduate dental hygiene education as defined by American Dental Education Association (ADEA). The purpose of this study was to examine how graduate dental hygiene programs in the United States (US) are meeting these competencies.Methods: The study sample consisted of the graduate programs in the US that award a terminal degree specific to dental hygiene (n=14). Graduate program directors were invited via email to participate in an electronic survey. The survey questions ...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Teledentistry Knowledge and Attitudes: Perspectives on the role of dental hygienists.
Authors: Weintraub JA, Edwards LR, Brame JL, Lampris L, White BA, Adatorwovor R, Matthews NS Abstract Purpose. The first statewide teledentistry (TD) Summit in North Carolina (NC) was convened by the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in 2018. The purpose of this analysis is to compare Summit participants' understanding of TD, its benefits, challenges, solutions and the role of dental hygienists, pre- and post-Summit.Methods. Summit invitees included leaders in related policy, education, advocacy, legislation, technology and UNC dental hygiene and dental students. Descriptive analyses and exact McNem...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Mental Health and Self-Care Practices Among Dental Hygienists.
Conclusion: Symptoms linked to depression and anxiety are common among dental hygienists in Oregon. Stress management education and training should be incorporated in dental hygiene educational programs to prepare graduates to effectively manage the stressors that may lead to burn-out. Additional research should be conducted on a national level to gain a more representative sample. PMID: 32753521 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

The Effect of Mobile Text Messages and a Novel Floss Holder on Gingival Health: A randomized control trial.
Conclusions: The use of a novel floss holder, NFH, was shown to improve the behavioral and psychological determinants of periodontal health four months after introduction of the device. However the clinical measures of BOMP only improved significantly when used in conjunction with text messages (NFH+TM). The use of a consciousness awareness technique,TMs, in combination with a novel device, may help patients to reach therapeutic objectives and contribute to the management of periodontal pathologies such as gingivitis. PMID: 32753522 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Postmortem Dental Records Identification by Dental Hygiene Students: A pilot study.
Conclusions: Regardless of previous experience, dental hygiene students were able to match postmortem dentitions and radiographs with good interrater reliability and did not differ statistically for charting time, perceived difficulty, or confidence. Results suggest dental hygienists can work as effective victim identification team members when educational programs are implemented. PMID: 32753523 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Adolescents' Perceived Risk of Harm Due to Smoking: The role of extracurricular activities.
Authors: Wiener RC, Bhandari R, Morgan S, Shockey AKT, Waters C Abstract Purpose: Tobacco use initiated during adolescence often leads to continued use in adulthood. There are multiple factors influencing initiation, including low perceived risk of harm. Adolescents involved in school-based extracurricular activities have opportunities to interact with coaches, leaders, and group supervisors who may influence their perception of risk. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of extracurricular activities and adolescents' perceived risks of harm of tobacco use, utilizing an existing dataset.Methods: The 201...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Challenges Facing the Profession 2020: Dental hygiene education in the era of COVID-19.
Authors: Gadbury-Amyot CC PMID: 32554410 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 21, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Impact of an Interprofessional Education Intervention and Collaborative Practice Agreements of Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists in Oregon.
Conclusion: Participants from DH and PA disciplines agreed patient care is improved by collaborative practice fostered through interprofessional education activities. Multiple approaches may be needed to increase knowledge on the EPDH collaborative practice agreements with PAs in Oregon. PMID: 32554411 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 21, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

The Effect of Continuing Education on Dental Hygienists' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Human Papillomavirus Related Oropharyngeal Cancer.
Conclusion: Additional research is needed to identify what specific types of educational interventions are effective in increasing the HPV-related OPC knowledge and practice behaviors of dental hygienists. PMID: 32554412 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 21, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Innovative Collaborative Service-Learning Experience among Dental Hygiene and Nurse Practitioner Students: A pediatric oral health pilot study.
Conclusion: Within the limitations of this pilot study, the ICSL experience had a positive impact on NP and DH students' socialization to interprofessional collaboration. This low resource, service-learning educational project has potential for easy integration within dental hygiene and advanced practice nursing curricula. PMID: 32554413 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 21, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Sexual Harassment Issues Among Virginia Dental Hygienists.
Conclusion: Sexual harassment is a contemporary problem in dental hygiene employment settings in the state of Virginia. Effective training and policies in sexual harassment is needed to prevent these behaviors from occurring in the workplace. PMID: 32554414 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 21, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Dental Care Needs of Male versus Female Children Visiting a School-based Mobile Dental Facility in West Virginia.
Conclusion: Results from this study indicate that sex was not a statistically significant factor in school-based mobile dental facility attendance nor in current dental caries incidence among school-aged children in an underserved area of West Virginia. PMID: 32554415 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 21, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Challenges with Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines: Lessons for Implementation Science.
Authors: Spolarich AE PMID: 32354846 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Measuring Oral Health Literacy of Refugees: Associations with Dental Care Utilization and Oral Health Self-Efficacy.
Conclusions: Results support the provision of easily obtainable and understandable oral health information to increase oral health literacy and dental care utilization among refugee populations. Future research is needed to examine the oral health literacy among refugees resettling in the United States. PMID: 32354847 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Oral Health-Related Quality of Life of Children: An Assessment of the Relationship between Child and Caregiver Reporting.
Conclusions: The moderate level of agreement found between children and caregivers reinforces the importance of including the child, as well as the caregiver, when assessing OHRQoL. PMID: 32354848 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Evaluation of an Automated Digital Scoring System of Dental Plaque.
Authors: Munro CL, Liang Z, Emechebe N, Chen X, Cairns PL, Manani P, Hamilton L, Good G, Kip K Abstract Purpose: Measurement of dental plaque is frequently used as an indicator of overall oral health. The purpose of this study was to compare a manual (visual) plaque scoring system (University of Mississippi Oral Hygiene Index, UM-OHI) with an innovative automated digital scoring system.Methods: Mechanically ventilated, intensive care unit (ICU) patients (n=79) were the study population. Informed consent was given by the subject's legally authorized representative. Digital images of dental plaque were taken using an...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Dental Hygienists Regarding Diabetes Risk Assessments and Screenings.
Conclusion: Despite high knowledge scores regarding diabetes and oral health, there is a gap in regards to dental hygienists' willingness to perform diabetes screenings in a clinical setting. Dental hygienists should be capable of integrating chairside diabetes screening practices into the process of care with proper training. PMID: 32354850 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

The Additive Effects of Cell Phone Use and Dental Hygiene Practice on Finger Muscle Strength: A Pilot Study.
Conclusion: Results from this pilot study indicate there are no significant additive effects of cell phone use and dental hygiene practice on finger muscles used for instrumentation. However, results indicate that dental hygiene practice demonstrated significant effects on muscular strength as compared to individuals who do not use tools/devices repetitively for work. The small sample size may have impacted results and the study should be repeated with a larger sample. PMID: 32354851 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

State Licensing Board Requirements for Entry into the Dental Hygiene Profession.
Conclusion: Although the majority of regulatory bodies require completion of entry-level dental hygiene education from a CODA accredited program and successful completion of national board and a live-patient, clinical examination, there is considerable variation in other additional requirements for initial dental hygiene licensure. PMID: 32354852 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Critical Issues Facing the Profession in 2020.
Authors: Battrell A, Lynch A PMID: 32127423 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Evaluation of a Curved Design Rubber Bristle Interdental Cleaner on Patients with Gingivitis.
Authors: Moretti AJ, Zhang S, Phillips ST, Williams K, Moss KL, Offenbacher S Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this clinical study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a curved rubber bristle interdental cleaner, as compared to dental floss, in the reduction of gingivitis and plaque.Methods: Gingival Index (GI), Bleeding on Probing (BOP), Periodontal Probing Depth (PPD) and Modified QH Plaque Index (MQH-PI) parameters were evaluated in an examiner-masked, parallel group, controlled clinical study. A total of 50 participants with gingivitis (no site with PPD>4 mm, BOP ≥10% but ≤50%) met the eligibility crit...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Drinking Water Practices Among Latino Families in North Carolina: A qualitative study.
Conclusion: Successful promotion of fluoridated CW consumption among NC Latino communities requires engagement of both health professionals and community stakeholders. Effective interventions aimed to promote fluoridated CW consumption need to be widespread, informative, persuasive, credible, culturally sensitive, and interactive. PMID: 32127425 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Dental Hygiene Program Directors' Perceptions of Advances in Accreditation Standards.
Conclusion: Dental hygiene program directors were divided regarding advancing accreditation standards to the baccalaureate degree for entry-level dental hygienists. Further research is needed to include dental hygiene educators' and leaders' perspectives to provide comparative information and a greater understanding regarding increasing accreditation standards. PMID: 32127426 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Dental Hygiene Learning Outcomes Obtained Through Computer-Assisted Simulation Modules.
Conclusion: Modules made available via a LMS for self-study were beneficial for Japanese undergraduate dental hygiene students in the acquisition of knowledge and skills for clinical decision-making in English. PMID: 32127427 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Oral Health of Older Adults in Washington State.
Conclusions: Although the majority of Washington's older adults report having good oral health, a small subgroup has oral problems which may have a negative impact on quality of life. PMID: 32127428 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Thank you for your Service!
Authors: Wilder R PMID: 31882555 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Enhancing Allied Dental Health Students' Understanding of Poverty through Simulation.
Conclusions: Results from this study demonstrate that a PSE was effective in eliciting change in allied dental health students' affective perceptions regarding poverty and helped improve their understanding of challenges faced by low-income populations. PMID: 31882556 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Use of Social Media for Out-of-Class Communication to Enhance Learning: A pilot study.
Conclusion: Dental hygiene students and faculty differ in their frequency and levels of comfort in using SM for out-of-class communication. Additional research related to the phenomenon of social media and communication to enhance learning in dental hygiene should be explored. PMID: 31882557 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Similarities and differences of international educational experiences of dental hygienists.
Conclusion: Understanding the similarities of DH educational experiences, such as the emphasis on preventive therapy and maintenance of periodontal health, with educational content delivered at the university level, may facilitate greater global collaboration and a more unified workforce. PMID: 31882558 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Techniques for dental radiographic examinations.
This report will review various ASD-related characteristics, comorbidities, and an assortment of general behavior guidance techniques (Picture Exchange Communication System, visual scheduling, social stories, first-then board, voice control, tell-show-do, electronic media devices, nonverbal communication, and desensitization). Guidelines for applying basic and advanced techniques for dental radiographic examinations will be discussed with the goal of improved patient interactions and positive outcomes. PMID: 31882559 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Eating Competence and Oral Health in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligible Populations.
Conclusions. Competent eaters had fewer oral health issues except when controlling for food security, a considerable challenge to oral health. PMID: 31882560 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Interprofessional Education: Preparing dental hygienists to practice in the evolving health care world.
Authors: Bell K PMID: 31628170 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Influence of a Smartphone Application on the Oral Health Practices and Behaviors of Parents of Preschool Children.
Conclusion: The use of TPB constructs in the development of oral health promotions aimed at parents of preschoolers was partially supported. Intention and behavior were not affected post-intervention, but SN and PBC emerged as significant predictors of intentions and behavior. A dental smartphone app may aid parents to make good oral health habits part of their preschooler's daily routine. PMID: 31628171 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Color-Blind Racial Attitudes in Dental Hygiene Students: A pilot study.
Conclusion: A majority of the participants in this pilot study possessed moderate levels of color-blind racial attitudes, suggesting rejection of the concept of racism. Color-blind racial attitudes and biases have been linked to a lack of awareness of White privilege. Further education in this area may foster improved interactions with diverse patient populations. PMID: 31628172 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Motivations and Challenges Towards Research Activities Among Undergraduate Dental Hygiene Students.
Authors: Partido BB, Colón M Abstract Purpose: Research is integral to dental hygiene practice, graduate education, and the advancement of the dental hygiene profession. The purpose of this study was to identify the motivations and challenges toward participation in research activities as perceived by undergraduate dental hygiene students.Methods: A nonprobability sample of undergraduate dental hygiene students from across the United States was used for this cross-sectional, electronic survey. Inclusion criteria were students entering their final year of their dental hygiene education program. Descriptive an...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Practice Patterns and Attitudes of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries in the State of Maine.
Conclusions: EFDA practitioners are providing needed oral health care services, however they may not be providing access to care for the intended at-risk and underserved populations in designated geographic areas. Practice patterns of EFDAs in Maine should be assessed in greater depth. PMID: 31628174 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Patients' Perspective Regarding the Administration of Local Anesthesia by Dental Hygienists.
Conclusion: This qualitative study offers insight into the patient's perspective of dental hygienists administering LA. Participants supported dental hygienists administering LA and appreciated the aspects of patient-centered care that this practice provided. Patient participants were unclear on educational requirements and training, but supported legislation allowing dental hygienists to administer LA. PMID: 31628175 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Interprofessional Education: Opportunity for Advancement.
Authors: Furgeson D PMID: 31409718 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Attitudes and Access Patterns of Michigan Veterans Ineligible for Oral Healthcare Benefits: A cross-sectional study.
Conclusion: Results from this study indicate that while veterans in general value the importance of oral healthcare, cost and time are significant barriers to accessing dental care for individual's ineligible for VADC benefits. Veterans who perceive themselves as having poor oral health are more likely to report oral health disparities. Further research is needed to impact Veterans Administration policy and decrease oral health disparities. PMID: 31409719 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Radiation Safety Practices of Dental Hygienists in the United States.
Conclusion: Dental hygienists with more years of experience, a higher level of education, and recent CE course work were more likely to follow ADA radiographic examination selection guidelines and use appropriate techniques to reduce exposure to ionizing radiation. PMID: 31409720 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Experience and attitudes regarding requirements for magnification and coaxial illumination among dental hygiene students.
Authors: Kissell D, Partido BB, Moore W Abstract Purpose: Dental professionals are at elevated risks for the development of musculoskeletal disorders due to the occupational demands of static postures and precision movements required for instrumentation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the experiences and attitudes regarding the requirements of purchasing and utilizing magnification loupes and coaxial illumination for patient care among dental hygiene students with the state of Ohio.Methods: A cross-sectional, web-based, anonymous survey was sent via the dental hygiene program directors to dental hygiene ...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Examining the Impact of Dental Hygienists' Professional Appearance: Patients' and dental student providers' perspectives.
Authors: O'Brien MB, Copus A, Johnson J, Inglehart MR Abstract Purpose: Relationships between patients and their health care provider can impact treatment acceptance and patient compliance. The purpose of this study was to explore whether dental hygienists' hairstyle, clinic attire, and accessories affected patients' and dental student providers' perceptions of professionalism and the role gender plays in these perceptions.Methods: Survey data were collected from adult patients and dental student providers from a dental school in the Midwestern United States. Study participants rated the professional qualities of m...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research