100 Years of Dental Hygiene

Sponsored by Wrigley!

Since the 1930’s, Wrigley (the proud maker of Orbit gum) has been a leader in research to understand gum’s role in the oral care routine. As such, at least 25 national dental organizations around the world support an oral care routine that includes check-ups, brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing sugarfree gum when on-the-go. ;xNLx;;xNLx;Active in 47 countries, the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) is designed to help dental professionals and patients worldwide better understand how gum can impact oral health. ;xNLx;;xNLx;In the U.S., Orbit gum is pleased to partner with the ADHA to help educate the dental community as well as millions of Americans about the important oral health benefits of chewing sugarfree gum. ;xNLx;;xNLx;We congratulate the ADHA on 100 years of dental hygiene!

Washington is the first state with unsupervised practice allowed in hospitals, nursing homes and other specified settings.

Washington is the first state with unsupervised practice allowed in hospitals, nursing homes and other specified settings.

The American Dental Hygienists' Association is organized

The American Dental Hygienists' Association is organized in September with 46 members present.

Diplomas

Thomas Forsyth, one of the founders of the Forsyth Infirmary for Children, presenting diplomas to the Class of 1918 of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists.

ADHA House of Delegates adopts ADHP policy

ADHA House of Delegates adopts policy to pursue the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP).

Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice (RDHAP's)

In 1998 the California Legislature created the Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP). This was created so dental hygienists can provide unsupervised oral care and preventive services to special populations in alternative settings and own alternative practices.

Dental Visits

Americans make about 500 million visits to dentists and spend an estimated $98.6 billion on dental services in 2007.

DHAT's administer care to Alaska natives on tribal land

Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHAT's) administer dental care to Alaska natives on tribal land.

National Center for Dental Hygiene Research established

The National Center for Dental Hygiene Research was established through a 3-year grant from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Fones establishes first Dental Hygiene program

Dr. Fones establishes the first Dental Hygiene education program in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

First class of Dental Hygienists graduates

First class of 27 dental hygienists graduate in November and begin to work in public schools.

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