Research skills crucial for hygienists at school

August 6th, 2014

In order to properly educate future dental hygienists in their work, a strong understanding of hygienic academic software is necessary. In today's modernized world, graduates from oral hygiene schools are expected to know exactly how to use this technology.

There are other important matters when it comes to a good oral care education. For example, conducting research has recently been cited by Dentistry IQ as a crucial tool for when students leave their schools behind and need to continue learning on their own. As dental hygiene evolves, hygienists need to develop along with it and continue learning the skills they will take with them back to the practice.

Another tool students pick up from research is a greater appreciation for evidence-based dentistry.

Although the article indicated that some schools believe their programs are filled enough with work both practical and theoretical, it still cannot be overstated how important it is that students have a grasp on research abilities. At the very least, for four-year programs, rather than associate degree programs, some training in basic research skills would be a benefit for the long haul of a student's future career in dental care.

Research not only good for individual students but for the practice itself
According to Dentistry IQ, not only is research good for students who want to continue learning as they advance in their profession, but it also benefits the oral hygiene community because some students will doubtless become researchers themselves.

Having such a background would also benefit job seekers. In a recent example, HyLife LLC, an RDH-owned company, is seeking to expand its hygienists' presence in nursing homes, according to Dentistry IQ. One way of doing that is by hiring more hygienists. These workers need to be skilled not only in dental software and in practicing oral care; they must also know the latest research about oral cleaning for geriatric patients.

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