Dental Hygiene and Professionalism Essay by Master Researcher

Dental Hygiene and Professionalism
An overview of the field of dental hygiene.
# 85968 | 1,125 words | 6 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Medical and Health (Dentistry)

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This paper examines how dental hygiene is a field of study and practice that, in contrast to dentistry, is sometimes referred to as a para-profession in that it is regarded as not having all the attributes of a profession. While dental hygienists and commentators writing on the discipline dispute this perception, they nonetheless argue that the field of dental hygiene must address a number of issues in order to shift its popular image - as well as its mandate under the law - as a full and autonomous profession. This paper examines these issues, with a particular emphasis on an Ontario perspective, in order to explain both the current situation and the steps that must be taken for dental hygiene to progress as a profession into the future.

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