How has dental hygiene education changed over the years?

October 17th, 2013

The availability of advanced software for dental hygiene schools is just one way in which the education system for oral health care professionals has changed over the last century.

According to the American Dental Hygienists' Association, 2013 marks the official 100th anniversary of the creation of the role of dental hygienist. In fact, the organization honored the milestone earlier this year with a "100 Years of Dental Hygiene: Proud Past, Unlimited Future" celebration at its annual conference in Boston. Other institutions around the nation are publicizing the anniversary in unique ways, as well.

DentistryIQ recently reported that the University of Michigan School of Dentistry has opened a new exhibit that highlights the many of achievements of the oral hygiene industry over the course of the last century. Curated by the university's Sindecuse Museum, "Dental Hygiene – A Century of Progress" tells the story of how dental hygiene became an increasingly popular profession after the federal government began significant public health initiatives in the early 1900s.

"This exhibit is timely because it marks 100 years since dental hygiene was established as an important part of oral health care and the 92nd anniversary of the creation of the dental hygiene curriculum here at Michigan," Janet Kinney, director of the school's dental hygiene program, told DentistryIQ.

Beyond a significant growth in popularity, oral hygiene education has made significant strides in recent years. Dental hygiene school software has enhanced the overall quality of care in unique ways:

Integration between student management and clinical operations
Administrators at dental hygiene schools must constantly keep track of many moving parts. For example, some institutions offer active clinics that work directly with real-world patients. This juggling of tasks can make it hard to effectively manage student performance. However, software for dental hygiene schools offers faculty unique ways to grade assignments, exams and keep close of track of each individual's progress through the curriculum. Instead of using separate systems to manage clinical and educational operations, universities can take advantage of one easy-to-use network of information that integrates seamlessly across different tasks.

Collaborative research
Developments in dental hygiene school software have also had a profound impact on the ability to share knowledge between institutions. In today's health care industry, collaborative research is often essential for solving new problems and advancing the overall accuracy of diagnoses and other issues. Advanced software is fully equipped to allow academic institutions to collaborate with one another to share research, organize information and ultimately prepare students to enter the professional workforce with a competitive edge.

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