Looking ahead to new trends during National Dental Hygiene Month

October 2nd, 2013

The start of a month-long national celebration of oral health care is a great time for academic institutions to consider recent advancements in dental hygiene school software.

The American Dental Hygienists' Association and the William Wrigley Jr. Company have partnered for the third straight year to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month this October. The two organizations will partner for a variety of public relations campaigns aimed at encouraging U.S. citizens to take better care of their teeth. For example, a national bilingual radio tour will visit various cities across the country to tout the importance of dental hygiene and feature representatives from the ADHA, as well as hygiene academic professionals from the New York University College of Dentistry. The Wrigley Company Foundation will also help finance community service grants for dental hygienists interested in creating community-based initiatives to improve oral health.

Dentistry has become a popular career path for many people in recent years. According to data compiled by the ADHA, the number of dental hygiene school graduates has increased at a relatively steady pace since 1986. Similarly, many clinics and private practices can expect a significant increase in patient activity for the next several years. For example, the federal government has expanded Medicaid to more individuals, which is expected to increase the number of U.S. citizens with access to comprehensive health insurance. National Dental Hygiene Month will also attempt to communicate the importance of visiting dental clinics on a regular basis.

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As a result, existing academic programs must be well-equipped to prepare their students for the future of oral care. Institutions that incorporate dental hygiene school software into both clinical and educational operations have a significant competitive advantage over similar organizations. By using integrated technology, educators can not only increase the efficiency of the grading process and student evaluation process, but they can also use advanced databases to inform clinical research and prepare aspiring hygienists to be uniquely positioned to handle real-world situations.

Dental software is effective for keeping students actively engaged in their own progress through academic programs. With the ability to easily track credits and course completion, educators will have a better chance at improving graduation rates. As oral care institutions promote the importance of healthy teeth this month, dental hygiene schools can look ahead even further and equip themselves with the right tools that uniquely prepare them to handle tomorrow's clinical challenges.

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