Relevance of Science to Dental Hygiene Development
The profession of Dental Hygienist is a relatively new and is integrated into the group of health care professionals. The goal of Dental Hygienists’ work is to improve the oral health and overall health of individuals and communities by increasing the value society places on oral health.
The relevance of science to the development of Dental Hygiene occurs because research provides a foundation for the continued development of dental hygiene practices and ultimately optimize care for individuals, groups, communities, and global populations through evidence-based practices. The integration of dental hygienists into a network for the development of oral health science is critical as it creates the profession’s own scientific foundation that places it on an equal level with the other oral health professions. It is essential for creating the profession’s own knowledge, grounding its activities, and promoting knowledge in dental hygiene.