Talk:Dental hygienist

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Undocumented Sources and Neutrality[edit]

I just stumbled upon this article and quotes like this... "If dental hygienists were allowed by their respective state licensing dental board, dental cleanings could be provided to those patients unable to afford complex dental treatment, as well as those in nursing homes and other such facilities. This access to better dental health would benefit all and result in better total health that the population deserves." ...needs specifics and references. Who will benefit and how? Are there any drawbacks. Of course there can be. If you want to be cynical, you could say a dentist will NOT benefit economically because dental hygienists would be able to operate individually. Further, a drawback to this would be possible health risks to patients who assume: 1) their cleanings are enough to keep them healthy and (2) there would be no subsequent reason to see a dentist. While in the meantime, if the patient had gone to a dentist for a full exam, other sources of pathology, like a metastasizing tumor, could be found. dozenist 20:12, 19 May 2005 (UTC)

What bothers me even more than that is the atrocious grammar, clear bias and, to be frank, ranting evidenced in this article. --ralian 2:57, 07 November 2005 (UTC)

Dental hygiene procedures are not the same as dentist. Yes some dentists do the hygiene aspect in their offices. Hygiene is a separate aspect of dental health care. Dentist will operate the resorative needs of a patient while a hygienist will provide preventative care and more. They both rely on each others practices to fully benefit the public with dental health care. Dental hygienists, like dentists, are trained to detect anatomical abnormalities. Economically a dentist benefits from hygiene services in their office. A private practicing hygienist could refer out, which would also benefit dentists and patients because underserved populations are not being seen in the first place.-J.M. RDH

American focus[edit]

I think this article is not country neutral. There are many references to american dentistry on this. I think they should be either separated into an american section or written in a way which doesn't give the impression that american dental hygenist standards are the same as the rest of the worlds. For example... " in some states" there are many countries with states. (Bouncingmolar 23:56, 17 February 2007 (UTC))


Agreed, I can help contribute some of the Canadian content. Dchad Italic text|talk 09:29, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

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Dental Auxiliary contention[edit]

Regarding the article on Dental Hygienists being a Dental Auxiliary, this may be the case in some places of the world, but not in all. For example in Canada, Health Acts are changing to allow Hygienists to own and operate their own clinic, also theoretically allowing them to employ a dentist.

The ability to legally diagnose, prescribe tests, treatment or schedule 1 drugs no longer makes this an auxiliary function in many provinces in Canada.

Dchad (talk) 09:28, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

I agree. In Sweden dental hygienist may also diagnos caries (but are not allowed to do invasive treatment) so that they can refer them for treatment. --89.160.42.208 (talk) 06:57, 18 April 2009 (UTC)


Further Additions[edit]

  • Processes of Care - Hygiene Phases
  • History
  • Add More Countries
  • Scope of Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Team
  • Periodontal Link
  • Training required — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kj7roberts (talkcontribs) 08:44, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Galauder (talk) 02:36, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Galauder (talkcontribs) 02:26, 2 December 2013 (UTC) 

Alter See Also:

  • dental nurse
  • dental assistant
  • dental therapist
  • dentist

Tw15108967 (talk) 02:35, 2 December 2013 (UTC)tw15108967Tw15108967 (talk) 02:35, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

Dental Hygienist in the Netherlands

  • Education
  • Scope of Practice
  • Clinical Practice

Bjvojtech (talk) 00:24, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Dental Hygienist Associations Bjvojtech (talk) 04:31, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Dental Hygienist Associations[edit]

Find some sources independent of the associations so that we have some indication that they are worth noting. Otherwise the list looks like an advertisement. --Ronz (talk) 16:15, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

I dont really understand why resources other then that of the organisiations are needed if the section is restateing the published aims and objectives of the organiisation. The sections directly quotes the organisations statements about their aims and objectives. If the page was discussing whether or not the organisation is meeting those aims and objective then an independant resource would be needed. The section also does not offer information about membership, benifitis to members or products for sale, therefore what is being advertised? Bjvojtech (talk) 04:01, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
The organizations themselves are being advertised. We need independent sources to determine if they are worth noting. We aren't just going to list any organization related to dental hygienists. --Ronz (talk) 15:14, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Write more about Dental Caries & Professional Cleaning!! This article is now only about Periodontal disesases.[edit]

If you go to a library and find a current edition of Dental Caries textbook (written for professionals, but the Tables are surely understandable for other people also), you will be suprised to read how much Professional Cleaning reduces Dental Caries.

88.192.242.201 (talk) 10:43, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

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