Manage the evolving role of oral hygienists with dental software

March 26th, 2014

The medical industry in the U.S. has changed significantly in recent years, but dental hygiene school software makes it easier for universities to maintain strong academic programs that keep up with shifting standards.

Oral health has always been an important component of an individual's overall well-being. With an increasing focus on fortifying the availability of high-quality primary care for patients, many dental hygienists are seeking a more active role in preventing diseases and other health issues among the U.S. population. Maria Perno Goldie, a registered dental hygienist, wrote in DentistryIQ about how America's changing medical landscape has created a new opportunity for oral health professionals to carve a unique niche in the industry. In the past, the dental hygiene sector was limited to the basic roles of offering clinical care, educating patients, researching information, managing data and advocating for individual health. However, as new legislation seeks to improve access to health care among underserved citizens, Goldie argued that oral hygienists can also make more efforts to extend their services to the neediest patients.

Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio, has taken steps to incorporate this concept into its very curriculum. According to The Plain Dealer, a newspaper based in Cleveland, the school recently announced it will offer free dental screenings for young children on a Saturday in early April to spread the word about the importance of proper dental hygiene. Students currently enrolled in the college's dental program will help conduct these appointments.

Academic institutions that develop similar programs can use dental hygiene school software to streamline the management process and easily gather patient information. Taking on new roles in the oral health industry will require updates to existing curricula. Administrators who invest in the right technology will be able to effectively communicate these concepts to new students. 

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