Dental software allows universities to measure progress

December 18th, 2013

Dental hygiene school software provides administrators and professors at academic institutions all the tools they need to maintain full operational efficiency while staying at the forefront of the most recent developments in oral health care.

One of the most important ingredients for success at any university is to find a way to properly integrate new technology into the student management process so it becomes easier to provide more relevant and effective educational experiences. Dental care is a dynamic industry, and best practices and standards are constantly in flux as new research is released. For instance, oral health has developed a stronger reputation in the eyes of the public as a necessary source of primary health care. As a result, many industry experts and professionals are interested in shifting the focus more on disease prevention as opposed to reactionary dental assistance.

Industry leaders plan ahead for the future
The American Dental Association chose this topic as the central theme of the so-called "2013 Prevention Summit," which took place in Chicago in late November. Representatives from 11 major stakeholder groups in the oral health care industry met to create a framework for the near future that positions dentists, dental hygienists and other care providers to reduce the number of oral diseases diagnosed among U.S. citizens.

"This unique opportunity served to begin a conversation and planning process that will ultimately lead, I am sure, to a significant jump forward in how we approach oral disease prevention in the U.S.," Robert Weyant, professor and chair of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine's Department of Public Health, told the ADA. "This summit's goal of initiating a comprehensive redesign of how the profession approaches prevention represents one of the most important activities in which the dental profession or any health profession can engage."

Oral hygienist must be critical thinkers
Any focus on preventing oral health disease may require curriculum changes at the university level. With advanced software for dental hygiene schools, academic institutions can easily update their operations to reflect these trends without leading to disorganization, confusion or reductions in efficiency. Kerri Arruda, a registered dental hygienist, wrote on the industry publishing network DentistryIQ about the growing role of critical thinking in today's oral hygiene field. She said students are usually trained with the expectation that they will have plenty of time in the professional world to come up with thoughtful treatment decisions for patients. After all, most people only visit the dentist a maximum of two times a year. However, Arruda suggested universities may have unique opportunities to play up the importance of establishing critical thinking skills among students – especially as oral health clinics around the nation focus on preventing diseases.

"Thinking critically will help us adapt to changes and to remain professional in an advancing field," Arruda wrote.

With the right dental hygiene school software solution, educators will be able to properly measure the progress of these initiatives. 

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