dental hygienists


Summary: Persons trained in an accredited school or dental college and licensed by the state in which they reside to provide dental prophylaxis under the direction of a licensed dentist.

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  1. Cobban S, Profetto McGrath J. A pilot study of research utilization practices and critical thinking dispositions of Alberta dental hygienists. Int J Dent Hyg. 2008;6:229-37 pubmed publisher
    ..A cross-sectional survey design was used with a random sample of 640 practicing dental hygienists in Alberta, Canada...
  2. Santella A, Krishnamachari B, Davide S, Cortell M, Furnari W, Watts B, et al. Dental hygienists' knowledge of HIV, attitudes towards people with HIV and willingness to conduct rapid HIV testing. Int J Dent Hyg. 2013;11:287-92 pubmed publisher
    ..This study was aimed to determine the dental hygienists' knowledge of HIV, attitudes towards people living with HIV and willingness to conduct rapid HIV testing...
  3. Bergstrom J, Petrén V, Bark J, Preber H. Smoking habits among Swedish dental hygienists: a 15-year perspective (1987-2002). Int J Dent Hyg. 2009;7:49-54 pubmed publisher
    The aim of the study was to explore the smoking habits of Swedish dental hygienists over a 15-year period from 1987 through 2002, and compare these with the smoking habits of Swedish women in general during the same period...
  4. Davis J, Ramseier C, Mattheos N, Schoonheim Klein M, Compton S, Al Hazmi N, et al. Education of tobacco use prevention and cessation for dental professionals--a paradigm shift. Int Dent J. 2010;60:60-72 pubmed
  5. Warren N. Causes of musculoskeletal disorders in dental hygienists and dental hygiene students: a study of combined biomechanical and psychosocial risk factors. Work. 2010;35:441-54 pubmed publisher
    The purpose of this study is to address the high prevalence and costs of musculoskeletal disorders in dental hygienists and dental hygiene students by assessing the combined role of biomechanical and psychosocial risk factors...
  6. Tong E, Strouse R, Hall J, Kovac M, Schroeder S. National survey of U.S. health professionals' smoking prevalence, cessation practices, and beliefs. Nicotine Tob Res. 2010;12:724-33 pubmed publisher professional groups: PCPs, emergency medicine physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, and pharmacists. Outcomes included self-reported smoking status, smoking cessation practices, and beliefs...
  7. Davis J, Koerber A. Assessment of tobacco dependence curricula in U.S. dental hygiene programs. J Dent Educ. 2010;74:1066-73 pubmed
    ..Though there is a clear commitment to TDE among dental hygiene programs in the United States, we recommend training to a more intensive level of TDE in order to facilitate broader adoption of comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines. ..
  8. Jerkovic K, van Offenbeek M, Slot D, Van Der Schans C. Changes in the professional domain of Dutch dental hygienists. Int J Dent Hyg. 2010;8:301-7 pubmed publisher
    This study's purpose was to compare the scope of practice of Dutch dental hygienists educated through a two- or three-year curriculum ('old curriculum dental hygienists' [OCDHs]) with that of hygienists educated through a new extended ..
  9. Hayes M, Smith D, Cockrell D. An international review of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental hygiene profession. Int Dent J. 2010;60:343-52 pubmed
    This review of the current literature is aimed at examining musculoskeletal disorders in dental hygienists, and investigates the complex nature of this significant occupational health issue...

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  1. Studts J, Burris J, Kearns D, Worth C, Sorrell C. Evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment by dental hygienists. J Dent Hyg. 2011;85:13-21 pubmed
    b>Dental hygienists have opportunities to take a substantive role in tobacco control efforts...
  2. Virtanen J, Tseveenjav B, Wang N, Widström E. Nordic dental hygienists' willingness to perform new treatment measures: barriers and facilitators they encounter. Scand J Caring Sci. 2011;25:311-6 pubmed publisher
    In the Nordic countries, discussion on redistribution of clinical tasks between dentists and dental hygienists continues intensely...
  3. Pau A, Olley R, Murray S, Chana B, Gallagher J. Dental hygienists' self-reported performance of tobacco cessation activities. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2011;9:29-36 pubmed
    ..Little is known about dental hygienists' role in tobacco cessation activities...
  4. Hayes M, Taylor J, Smith D. Predictors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among dental hygienists. Int J Dent Hyg. 2012;10:265-9 pubmed publisher
    ..The aim of this study was to investigate which risk factors may help predict MSD among Australian dental hygienists.
  5. Yoon M, Steele C. Health care professionals' perspectives on oral care for long-term care residents: nursing staff, speech-language pathologists and dental hygienists. Gerodontology. 2012;29:e525-35 pubmed publisher
    ..To explore perspectives regarding oral care held by nursing staff, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and dental hygienists (DHs) in long-term care institutions and to understand how their perspectives impact activities and ..
  6. Yavnai N, Bilder L, Sgan Cohen H, Zini A. Dental hygienists in Israel: employment evaluation, job satisfaction, and training implications. J Dent Educ. 2012;76:1371-6 pubmed
    ..have occurred in dental services for children in Israel that are likely to affect workforce needs for dental hygienists. The aim of this study was to describe the employment situation and job satisfaction of a sample of dental ..
  7. Eaton K, Harris M, Ross M, Arevalo C. A survey of dental hygienists in the United Kingdom in 2011. Part 1--demographics and working patterns as dental hygienists. Br Dent J. 2012;213:E18 pubmed publisher
    The aims of this survey were to establish the demographic profile of dental hygienists (DHs) and dental hygienist/therapists (DH/Ts) in the United Kingdom in 2011 and their patterns of practice as DHs...
  8. Amemori M, Korhonen T, Kinnunen T, Michie S, Murtomaa H. Enhancing implementation of tobacco use prevention and cessation counselling guideline among dental providers: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Implement Sci. 2011;6:13 pubmed publisher
    ..Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN15427433. ..
  9. Candell A, Engstrom M. Dental hygienists' work environment: motivating, facilitating, but also trying. Int J Dent Hyg. 2010;8:204-12 pubmed publisher
    The aim of the present study was to describe dental hygienists' experiences of their physical and psychosocial work environment. The study was descriptive in design and used a qualitative approach...
  10. Jerković Ćosić K, van Offenbeek M, Van Der Schans C. Job satisfaction and job content in Dutch dental hygienists. Int J Dent Hyg. 2012;10:155-62 pubmed publisher
    This study compares the scope of practice of Dutch dental hygienists (DHs) educated through a 2- or 3-year curriculum ('old-style DHs') with that of hygienists educated through a new extended 4-year curriculum leading to a bachelor's ..
  11. Nilchian F, Rodd H, Robinson P. Influences on dentists' decisions to refer paediatric patients to dental hygienists and therapists for fissure sealants: a qualitative approach. Br Dent J. 2009;207:E13; discussion 326-7 pubmed publisher
    ..professionals' (DCPs') perceptions of factors that might influence the referral of paediatric patients to dental hygienists and therapists for fissure sealants...
  12. Hayes M, Cockrell D, Smith D. A systematic review of musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals. Int J Dent Hyg. 2009;7:159-65 pubmed publisher
    ..on the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms and/or potential risk factors for this problem in dentists, dental hygienists and dental students, were selected for inclusion...
  13. Kanjirath P, Coplen A, Chapman J, Peters M, Inglehart M. Effectiveness of gloves and infection control in dentistry: student and provider perspectives. J Dent Educ. 2009;73:571-80 pubmed
    ..thirty-five graduate students, and seventy-nine dental professionals (twenty-eight dentists and fifty-one dental hygienists in private practice). The subjects responded to a self-administered anonymous survey...
  14. Hayes M, Smith D, Taylor J. Musculoskeletal disorders and symptom severity among Australian dental hygienists. BMC Res Notes. 2013;6:250 pubmed publisher
    ..that musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are a significant occupational health issue for both dentists and dental hygienists. Research on the occupational health of dental hygienists is lacking in Australia, which is of particular ..
  15. Adachi M, Ishihara K, Abe S, Okuda K. Professional oral health care by dental hygienists reduced respiratory infections in elderly persons requiring nursing care. Int J Dent Hyg. 2007;5:69-74 pubmed
    ..We have evaluated the role of professional oral health care (POHC) by dental hygienists in reducing respiratory infections in elderly persons requiring nursing care...
  16. Morse T, Bruneau H, Michalak Turcotte C, Sanders M, Warren N, Dussetschleger J, et al. Musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and shoulder in dental hygienists and dental hygiene students. J Dent Hyg. 2007;81:10 pubmed
    b>Dental hygienists have been found to have high rates of neck and shoulder disorders, but there is very limited information on risk factors associated with those disorders, the level of risk for students, and the relationship of prior ..
  17. Bigelow C, Patton L, Strauss R, Wilder R. North Carolina dental hygienists' view on oral cancer control. J Dent Hyg. 2007;81:83 pubmed
    ..The purpose of this project was to qualitatively assess North Carolina dental Hygienists' views regarding OPC prevention and early detection...
  18. Arpalahti I, Jarvinen M, Suni J, Pienihakkinen K. Acceptance of oral health promotion programmes by dental hygienists and dental nurses in public dental service. Int J Dent Hyg. 2012;10:46-53 pubmed publisher
    The aim of this study was to analyse how dental hygienists and in-service trained dental nurses accepted new health promotion programmes, how did they experience them in practice, and how did these programmes affect their attitudes to ..
  19. Turner S, Ross M, Ibbetson R. Dental hygienists and therapists: how much professional autonomy do they have? How much do they want? Results from a UK survey. Br Dent J. 2011;210:E16 pubmed publisher
    To investigate autonomous working among singly and dually qualified dental hygienists and therapists in UK primary care...
  20. Hayes M, Smith D, Cockrell D. Prevalence and correlates of musculoskeletal disorders among Australian dental hygiene students. Int J Dent Hyg. 2009;7:176-81 pubmed publisher
    Although musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) have been identified as a significant occupational health issue for dental hygienists, few studies have explored this problem among the dental hygiene student population...
  21. Studts J, Burris J, Kearns D, Worth C, Sorrell C. "Providers practice prevention": promoting dental hygienists' use of evidence-based treatment of tobacco use and dependence. J Dent Educ. 2009;73:1069-82 pubmed
    ..program in Kentucky to promote implementation of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment among registered dental hygienists (R.D.H.s). All R.D.H.s throughout the state were notified of the program and invited to participate...
  22. Uitenbroek D, Schaub R, Tromp J, Kant J. Dental hygienists' influence on the patients' knowledge, motivation, self-care, and perception of change. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1989;17:87-90 pubmed
    ..This difference remained when social demographic variables and the dentist's influence were taken into account. This indicates that the dental hygienist is successful in the behavioral aspect of her work. ..
  23. Ohrn K, Crossner C, Börgesson I, Taube A. Accuracy of dental hygienists in diagnosing dental decay. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1996;24:182-6 pubmed
    During recent decades, the duties and care rendered by Swedish dental hygienists have continuously expanded, and since 1991 they are licensed to practice dental hygiene independently...
  24. Edwards D, Freeman T, Roche A. Dentists' and dental hygienists' role in smoking cessation: an examination and comparison of current practice and barriers to service provision. Health Promot J Austr. 2006;17:145-51 pubmed
    Dentists and dental hygienists are important but under-used professionals in the delivery of smoking cessation services...
  25. Ravis S, Shaffer M, Shaffer C, Dehkharghani S, Dehkhaghani S, Belsito D. Glutaraldehyde-induced and formaldehyde-induced allergic contact dermatitis among dental hygienists and assistants. J Am Dent Assoc. 2003;134:1072-8 pubmed
    ..The authors conducted patch test evaluations with a voluntary cohort of randomly recruited, healthy dental hygienists, or DHs, and dental assistants, or DAs, and nondental professionals to determine the incidence of ..
  26. Wang N. Use of dental hygienists and returns to scale in child dental care in Norway. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1994;22:409-14 pubmed
    ..provision of dental care for children, technically and economically efficient combinations of dentists and dental hygienists and to study returns to scale by analyzing production functions...
  27. Lalumandier J, McPhee S. Prevalence and risk factors of hand problems and carpal tunnel syndrome among dental hygienists. J Dent Hyg. 2001;75:130-4 pubmed
    ..growing presence of hand problems and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in dental professionals, especially among dental hygienists. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of hand problems and CTS among dental hygienists and ..
  28. Newton J, Gibbons D. Levels of career satisfaction amongst dental healthcare professionals: comparison of dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental practitioners. Community Dent Health. 2001;18:172-6 pubmed
    ..of career satisfaction expressed by three professional groups working in dental health: dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental practitioners. Level of career satisfaction was assessed using a ten point scale in three surveys...
  29. Lalumandier J, McPhee S, Parrott C, Vendemia M. Musculoskeletal pain: prevalence, prevention, and differences among dental office personnel. Gen Dent. 2001;49:160-6 pubmed
    ..The magnitude of the overall study, which included all types of dental professionals, made possible identification of the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and comparison of regions of pain among the different dental professionals. ..
  30. DeBate R, Tedesco L, Kerschbaum W. Knowledge of oral and physical manifestations of anorexia and bulimia nervosa among dentists and dental hygienists. J Dent Educ. 2005;69:346-54 pubmed
    ..The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge among dentists and dental hygienists concerning the oral and physical manifestations of eating disorders...
  31. Ayers K, Meldrum A, Thomson W, Newton J. The working practices and job satisfaction of dental hygienists in New Zealand. J Public Health Dent. 2006;66:186-91 pubmed
    To describe the current working practices and level of job satisfaction of dental hygienists in New Zealand. Postal survey of all dental hygienists on the New Zealand Dental Council's database...
  32. King T, Muzzin K. A national survey of dental hygienists' infection control attitudes and practices. J Dent Hyg. 2005;79:8 pubmed
    The objectives of this study were to: 1) investigate the infection control practices of practicing dental hygienists, 2) document the attitudes and practices of dental hygienists toward patients with infectious diseases, and 3) determine ..
  33. Luciak Donsberger C, Aldenhoven S. Dental hygiene in Australia: a global perspective. Int J Dent Hyg. 2004;2:165-71 pubmed
    ..An example of innovative practice of public health is the involvement of dental hygienists in the educational process of aboriginal health workers in order to promote access to oral health education ..
  34. Knevel R. Dental hygienists on top of the world: supporting oral health education in Nepal. Int J Dent Hyg. 2005;3:205-12 pubmed
    ..Another focus of attention is the ability of dental hygienists in Nepal to develop them individually and to create independent professionalization...
  35. Gorter R. Work stress and burnout among dental hygienists. Int J Dent Hyg. 2005;3:88-92 pubmed
    The aim of this study was to describe the factors associated with work stress and burnout among dental hygienists. Furthermore, how to deal with work stressors in order to prevent burnout in the dental hygienist work environment will be ..
  36. Gibbons D, Corrigan M, Newton J. A national survey of dental hygienists: working patterns and job satisfaction. Br Dent J. 2001;190:207-10 pubmed
    To describe the working practices and level of job satisfaction of dental hygienists in the United Kingdom. Postal questionnaire survey of 3,955 dental hygienists registered with the General Dental Council...
  37. Akers L, Gordon J, Andrews J, Barckley M, Lichtenstein E, Severson H. Cost effectiveness of changing health professionals' behavior: training dental hygienists in brief interventions for smokeless tobacco cessation. Prev Med. 2006;43:482-7 pubmed
    ..Interested dental hygienists (N = 1051) were recruited in 20 Western and Midwestern U.S...
  38. Wang N, Riordan P. Recall intervals, dental hygienists and quality in child dental care. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1995;23:8-14 pubmed
    ..Norway demonstrated productivity gains after the introduction of individualized recall intervals and using dental hygienists to conduct recall examinations...
  39. Gmür R, Marinello C, Guggenheim B. Periodontitis associated bacteria in supragingival plaque of dental hygienists: stability of carrier state and clinical development. Eur J Oral Sci. 1999;107:225-8 pubmed
    The purpose of this study was the clinical and microbiological re-examination of dental hygienists, who, 30 months before, had shown remarkably high supragingival levels of periodontitis-associated micro-organisms...
  40. Ylipää V, Arnetz B, Preber H. Predictors of good general health, well-being, and musculoskeletal disorders in Swedish dental hygienists. Acta Odontol Scand. 1999;57:277-82 pubmed factors are related to good general health, well-being, and musculoskeletal disorders in dental hygienists. A questionnaire was mailed to 575 dental hygienists who were randomly sampled from the Swedish Dental ..
  41. Akesson I, Balogh I, Skerfving S. Self-reported and measured time of vibration exposure at ultrasonic scaling in dental hygienists. Appl Ergon. 2001;32:47-51 pubmed, our objective was to quantify the daily duration of vibration exposure from ultrasonic scaling in dental hygienists and to compare different methods of self-estimates to time-recorded measurements...
  42. Monajem S. Integration of oral health into primary health care: the role of dental hygienists and the WHO stewardship. Int J Dent Hyg. 2006;4:47-51 pubmed
    ..practice within PHC, many legislative restrictions and regulatory barriers would be relaxed, thus enabling dental hygienists to respond to the WHO's call for community-based demonstration projects...
  43. Crawford L, Gutierrez G, Harber P. Work environment and occupational health of dental hygienists: a qualitative assessment. J Occup Environ Med. 2005;47:623-32 pubmed
    We sought to characterize the work environment and identify factors that influence the occupational health of dental hygienists. We conducted a qualitative analysis of dental hygiene work based on five national focus groups...
  44. Ohrn K, Olsson C, Wallin L. Research utilization among dental hygienists in Sweden--a national survey. Int J Dent Hyg. 2005;3:104-11 pubmed
    ..It is vital that dental hygienists, like other health professionals, use research findings to inform clinical practice...
  45. Anton D, Rosecrance J, Merlino L, Cook T. Prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms and carpal tunnel syndrome among dental hygienists. Am J Ind Med. 2002;42:248-57 pubmed
    ..The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of CTS and other MSDs among dental hygienists. No previous studies involving dental hygienists have combined nerve conduction studies (NCS) and symptoms ..
  46. Helgason A, Lund K, Adolfsson J, Axelsson S. Tobacco prevention in Swedish dental care. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2003;31:378-85 pubmed
    ..Also, to investigate whether dentists and dental hygienists were familiar with recently published review of smoking cessation methods...
  47. Barnes W. The mentoring experiences and career satisfaction of dental hygiene program directors. J Dent Hyg. 2004;78:331-9 pubmed
    ..To enhance career satisfaction, mentoring should be initiated in dental hygiene graduate programs, particularly for students who aspire to become directors. ..
  48. Mascarenhas A, Deshmukh A, Scott T. New England, USA dental professionals' attitudes and behaviours regarding domestic violence. Br Dent J. 2009;206:E5; discussion 152-3 pubmed publisher
    ..0006) compared to those who had not received prior DV education. Results indicate a need for DV education for dental professionals to improve abuse recognition and enhance intervention. ..
  49. Hessheimer H, Rogo E, Howlett B. Use of questioning during lectures in a dental hygiene didactic course. J Dent Educ. 2011;75:1073-83 pubmed
    ..74; and questioning effectiveness, 4.35. Student perceptions of questioning were positive; however, this strategy was found to be no more effective than the traditional lecture in promoting retention of information. ..
  50. Wårdh I, Jonsson M, Wikström M. Attitudes to and knowledge about oral health care among nursing home personnel--an area in need of improvement. Gerodontology. 2012;29:e787-92 pubmed publisher
  51. Saylor C, Keselyak N, Simmer Beck M, Tira D. Evaluation of social interaction, task management, and trust among dental hygiene students in a collaborative learning environment. J Dent Educ. 2011;75:180-9 pubmed
    ..Future studies on active learning strategies should examine factors such as student achievement and explore other possible active learning methodologies. ..
  52. Shah M, Darby M, Bauman D. Improving oral health in Pakistan using dental hygienists. Int J Dent Hyg. 2011;9:43-52 pubmed publisher a primary care provider of oral health services, enhancing current dental hygiene curriculum, and establishing a dental hygiene council with responsibility for educational requirements and regulation of dental hygienists in Pakistan.
  53. Rantanen M, Johansson K, Honkala E, Leino Kilpi H, Saarinen M, Salantera S. Dental patient education: a survey from the perspective of dental hygienists. Int J Dent Hyg. 2010;8:121-7 pubmed publisher
    The aim of this study was to describe the current patient education practices of dental hygienists by exploring their views concerning their skills and knowledge related to patient education and by determining the implementation of ..