The dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment plan involves many aspects of dentistry. A successful treatment plan requires strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Our goal as dental hygienists is not only to bring our patients to periodontal health, but to maintain it. So let’s talk about our process of critical thinking in our patient care.
The Dental Hygiene Process of Care
The ADHA has set guidelines that each licensed dental hygienist should follow when carrying out their diagnosis and treatment plan. This framework is known as the Dental Hygiene Process of Care.
This process of care plan is just as valuable as the cosmetic, restorative and oral health care plans developed by other dental professionals involved in the care of these patients.
The dental hygiene process of care is as follows: Assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation.
As licensed professionals, dental hygienists are expected to use this framework, as well as their own professional judgement, when treating patients. In addition, it is important that we foster good communication with our patients, in order for them to provide us with informed consent for treatment.
The right dental hygiene treatment plan
A thorough knowledge of the medical and dental implications of our diagnoses and treatments is necessary to make the right treatment plan.
Some of these aspects include: head and neck anatomy, radiology, pharmacology and an understanding of the body’s inflammatory response. In order to bring a patient to oral health, surgical or non-surgical interventions are necessary.
So now let’s test your skills. Assuming you have full autonomy to assess and treat the following patients, what treatment plans would you advise?
Diagnosis and Treatment
What dental hygiene treatment plan is right for these patients?
Click on the survey links to share how you would treat each patient. At the end of the survey, you will find out how the patient was eventually treated.
This will give you insight into what it’s like to work as a dental hygienist in Germany.
Latest blog posts
Shaylynn Skene is enjoying life abroad while working in Singapore as a dental hygienist.
Learn ways the update to the periodontal classification guidelines could make being a hygienist even more complicated.
This dental hygiene influencer helped developed the curriculum of the dental hygiene school in Bern Switzerland and continues to shape the practice of dentists and dental hygienists in Germany and Switzerland.