Dental hygiene schools benefit from advanced software

December 11th, 2013

Large research institutions aren't the only organizations in the academic sphere that can benefit from dental software. In fact, smaller dental hygiene programs may want to consider investing in dynamic and highly flexible technology that makes it easier to manage students and keep classroom curricula up to speed with ongoing trends.

Keeping an eye out for new education standards
The role of the oral hygienist has evolved over the last several years to fill a growing market niche. Routine examinations have become an important part of providing general primary care to patients. As a result, many educational institutions are interested in expanding oral health care to individuals in rural areas across the U.S. Many industry experts have discussed creating an entirely new academic concentration for students that would essentially offer a slightly limited skill set under the general umbrella of dental hygiene. The American Dental Hygienists' Association recently announced its support for comments made by the Federal Trade Commission about the need to maintain strong standards for education in these so-called dental therapy education programs across the country.

"ADHA advocacy efforts to increase access for oral health care across the country, coupled with our efforts to expand the workforce with dental hygiene-based mid-level oral health care providers, provided the impetus for our ongoing communications with the FTC," Ann Battrell, executive director of the ADHA stated in a press release. "[FTC] Chairwoman Ramirez is to be commended for her commitment to promote competition in the oral health care industry for the benefit of consumers."

An affordable option that leads to long-term savings
Even with traditional dental hygiene programs, small and medium-sized academic institutions can benefit from using management software to streamline operations and ultimately enhance the educational experience for students. According to an article published recently in the industry publication Dental Economics, oral hygienists are filling the shoes of dentists more than ever before. For example, the article said dentists are typically strapped for time and resources, leading to a void in personalized patient care. Today's schools and universities can empower future hygienists by preparing them with real-world experience providing primary care to individuals.

Updating the requirements for graduation can present unforeseen challenges for faculty and administrative staff members. However, advanced software for dental hygiene schools can make it easier to connect student management tasks with any ongoing clinical operations an institution may have. Professors can also utilize this technology to streamline the grading and examination process. In the past, many oral hygiene programs have been averse to investing in these tools for fear of overshooting their budgets. However, a program such as axiUm dental software is an affordable option for these institutions. It can even lead to a variety of long-term payoffs. For example, rather than having to keep paper records of student performance and other administrative issues, electronic records can reduce the amount of time and money it takes to run an academic program as efficiently as possible.

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