What skills do today’s dental hygienists need most?

January 6th, 2014


As more people throughout North America enroll in oral hygiene programs at universities, software for dental hygiene schools can make it easier to ensure each and every student develops the skills necessary to succeed in today's health care industry.

The dental hygiene profession has changed dramatically in the last several years. While the fundamental elements of the job are more or less the same, many professionals now find their services increasingly integral in the overall process of providing patients with high-quality primary care. In other words, regularly visiting the dentist is now an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

These changes have ultimately led to a growing demand for trained dental hygienists who are comfortable collaborating with other health care providers and who are also willing to quickly adapt to new industry trends. As a result, universities must make sure their academic programs are relevant enough to prepare students for this new professional landscape. With the right dental hygiene school software, these organizations can introduce future graduates to the following skills:

Flexibility
Many people choose to pursue careers in dental hygiene because most of its related jobs have open-ended work schedules. However, a recent article published in RDH magazine said many clinics are becoming more rigid about the number of hours individuals can work on a regular basis. Many private practices have been able to successfully reshape their operations to become more flexible in light of an increase in overall patient activity. Dental hygiene school software allows universities to access many of the same benefits. Students who graduate from programs that embrace dynamic management software may ultimately be more prepared to handle anything once they enter the workforce.

Familiarity with advanced technology
Programs such as axiUm dental hygiene academic software are also certified electronic health records systems as outlined in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was passed in 2009 to encourage EHR adoption at clinics and universities. Students will have a much easier time settling into the professional world if they develop a close understanding of EHR technology in school.

Real-world experience
Most dental hygiene schools have active clinics in which both professionals and students are responsible for treating patients from the local community. The University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry recently received honors for its Community Based Education Service Learning Program, which does just that. With the right management software, other schools can jumpstart their own community outreach and initiatives and ultimately provide their students with hands-on experience before they graduate.

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