Dental Hygiene Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

Last Updated on May 31, 2021 by A. Scott, BSDH

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.

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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?

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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.

Case Study Patient 1: 48-year-old female

Case Study Patient 2: 65-year-old male
Case Study Patient 3: 33-year-old female
Case Study Patient 4: 27-year-old female
Case Study Patient 5: 33-Year-old male
Case Study Patient 7: 58-year-old male

Case Study Patient 6: 37-Year-old female
Case Study Patient 8: 54-Year-Old Female

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