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The Professionalization of American Dental Hygienist
J Dent Hyg Sci 2014;14:276-86
Published online September 30, 2014
© 2014 The Korean Society of Dental Hygiene Science.

Hyeong-Mi Kim, Soon-Ryun Lim and Hyun-Sook Bae

Department of Dental Hygiene, Namseoul University, Cheonan 331-707, Korea
Received August 4, 2014; Revised August 31, 2014; Accepted September 1, 2014.
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.
In 2013, dental hygienist is in its 100th year. As Dr. Fones opened two year dental hygiene training program at Bridgeport Junior College in 1913. 'Dental Hygienist', the profession that specializes in oral disease prevention and health science, was first used. Since 'Dental Hygienist' was first introduced in the States, looking back through the America's development of dental hygienist would be the basis of checking development process of the international dental hygiene system and comparing the system of each country. This study focused on the contemplation of how America's dental hygienist became professional through 'development of dental hygienist', 'development of dental hygiene education system', 'development of dental hygienist's license and related qualification system', 'Dental hygienist laws and ethics', and 'dental hygienists' role and scope'. America's dental hygienist has requirements to become professional and also dental hygienist is socially recognized as professional. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the process of American dental hygienist professionalization. Thus, references and literature were gathered and analyzed.
Keywords : American dental hygienist, Professionalization

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