The steps to an effective and efficient dental hygiene exam

Oct. 24, 2023
A bit of prep can help dental hygienists reduce their stress, increase collaboration with their dentist, and demonstrate to patients how the whole team works together.

Do you sometimes (or frequently) find yourself running behind, not quite prepared for your patients—even fumbling around in front of them in a rush to get it together?

Creating an efficient hygiene examination and handoff to the dentist serves multiple purposes: it increases case acceptance, demonstrates hygienists’ value as more than “teeth cleaners”—and significantly reduces stress all around.

Here are several straightforward suggestions Amber Auger, MPH, RDH, shares with her fellow hygienists to help them enjoy the many benefits of an effective hygiene exam.

Material adapted from “How to run an efficient hygiene exam” by Amber Auger, MPH, RDH, originally published in 2020

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