Two states have acknowledged the necessity of the dental hygiene diagnosis.
12-35-103, dental hygiene diagnosis means the identification of an existing oral health problem that a dental hygienist is qualified and licensed to treat within the scope of dental hygiene practice.
Association (ADHA) that dental hygiene diagnosis is a necessary and
states to specifically authorize the dental hygiene diagnosis as part of
The dental hygiene diagnosis requires evidence-based critical analysis and interpretation of assessments in order to reach conclusions about the patient's dental hygiene treatment needs.
The patient and practice benefit when the dental hygienist can confidently give a dental hygiene diagnosis to a patient.
A patient in the middle of treatment will likely not need a dental hygiene diagnosis
at each visit, and care will be a continuation of the treatment plan.
I feel dental hygiene diagnosis
is going down the wrong path.
p8) recognizes that part of dental hygiene diagnosis
is to determine patient needs that can be improved by dental hygiene care.
If you find yourself in a state with a limited dental hygiene practice act and/or scope, I hope you read the article "The State of Dental Hygiene Diagnosis
," by Mariam Pera.