Dental hygienists expect more job opportunities in the near future

January 9th, 2014

The right software for dental hygiene schools can help both students and educators prepare for a new role in the oral health industry.

Dental hygienists have always been important in providing high-quality care to patients. However, a recent article on the publishing network DentistryIQ said a large number of private dental practices still don't employ oral hygienists in their daily operations. The article said this is primarily true for relatively young professionals who have yet to develop a large patient base in the first few years of running their own services. In fact, the need for highly trained dental hygiene professionals grows the more a practice expands and takes on a greater clientele.

"The formula for determining the number of required hygiene days is straightforward: When a new dentist has seven or eight continuing care patients per week in the schedule, it is time to bring in a hygienist one day a week," the article stated.

Anticipating a growing demand for dental care
It just so happens that current trends in the overall health care industry have led many private practices around the U.S. to experience a sharp increase in patient activity. Now that many states have expanded their Medicaid programs according to the Affordable Care Act, thousands of previously uninsured Americans now have the means to pay for quality dental attention. As a result, private practices may suddenly find themselves in need of oral hygiene professionals to keep their businesses running as smoothly as possible. Mouth Healthy, an online information resource created by the American Dental Association, said making the effort to regularly visit the dentist is a popular New Year's resolution for individuals. This may further increase the number of patients most oral health care providers treat on a regular basis.

As private practices look to fill more dental hygiene positions in the near future, university programs must make sure they are properly training students to succeed after graduation. Investing in dental hygiene school software will make it easier for educators to introduce technology, such as electronic health records and dynamic databases, into the classroom setting.

Adjusting course curricula can also be a relatively complicated process for academic institutions. However, advanced software eliminates many of these difficulties. Instead of organizing data on multiple networks, schools can use enterprise management technology to keep all of their important information in one easily accessible system. 

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