Do dental hygienists know enough about implants?

Dental hygienists are interested in learning more about dental implants whether or not their dental hygiene education included content on implants, according to a study published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene by researchers from the department of dental hygiene at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Researchers distributed a survey to dental hygienists attending an annual national continuing education course. Participants voluntarily completed and submitted their survey before the end of the first day of the three-day course.

The results indicate that there is a statistically significant relationship between the level of formal education and implant related continuing education course attendance (JDH, May 1, 2012). Dental hygienists whose formal education did not include dental implant care were more likely to attend implant-related continuing education courses than those whose formal education included this content. The majority of the dental hygienists expressed interest in continuing education courses on dental implants.

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