LEAD STORY The State of Dental Hygiene Diagnosis Pg. 16 The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) views the dental hygiene diagnosis (DHDx) as a necessary and intrinsic part of dental hygiene education and practice, but whether or not it is part of a dental hygienist’s scope of practice depends on the state practice act. MARIAM PERA speaks with dental hygienists in states where the DHDx is included, as well as in one where efforts to include it remain under way. GUEST EDITORIAL Diagnosis and Diagnostics By Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH STRIVE Oral Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Techniques WORKING Deborah S. Manne, RDH, RN, MSN, OCN STATELINE Legislative Updates PRODUCT FOCUS Oral Cancer Related to HPV Q&A with Herb Bader, DDS, FACD, FICD EXTRA Sharon Barton, RDH; “Give Adults a Smile Day” in Southern Illinois CLINICAL FEATURE Dental Caries, Oral Cancer and Patient Education SPECIAL FEATURE RDHAPs Help Create a ‘Preventive Dental Home’ in California PROFILE Keiko Sakagami, RDH, EdD, MCHES PRODUCT REPORT Product Announcements Institute for Oral Health Honor Roll Donors 7/1/10-6/30/11 LEADERSHIP Embracing Opportunities to Shape Our Future One of the highlights of this year’s strategic planning process was an environmental scan commissioned to help explore the future of oral health and the changes dental hygienists must make to contribute to the health and well-being of society. This column, by ADHA PRESIDENT PAM QUINONES, RDH, discusses the report, the new strategic plan and a new workshop, n“Dental Hygiene in a Changing World: Leading and Developing Your Career,” to illustrate how the association is looking forward in its efforts to develop, empower and support dental hygienists.
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