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Clinical Dental Hygiene Education and Practice based on Dental Hygiene Process
J Dent Hyg Sci 2011;11:135-54
Published online June 30, 2011
© 2011 The Korean Society of Dental Hygiene Science.

Young-Sik Cho

Department of Dental Hygiene, Namseoul University, Chunan-City 331-707, Korea
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Dental hygiene was originated from dentistry and dental hygiene knowledge was a component of dental knowledge body. Since the late 1980s dental hygiene theory was began to develop. Nursing theories such as metaparadigm, nursing process and human need theory affected theory development as dental hygiene process. Dental hygiene process provides a framework for high quality dental hygiene care. Dental hygiene process include five phases; assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, dental hygiene planning, implementation, evaluation. Dental hygiene process of care is recognized as standard for dental hygiene education and clinical dental hygiene practice. Dental hygiene practice has moved from auxiliary model to professional model. Critical thinking skill and disposition are necessary to provide evidence-based dental hygiene care using dental hygiene process as clinical process and critical thinking process. Critical thinking, problem solving and evidence-based practice must be integrated into dental hygiene process for quality dental hygiene care.
Keywords : Clinical dental hygiene, Critical thinking, Dental hygiene education, Dental hygiene process of care, Evidencebased dental hygiene

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