Alternative practice dental hygiene in California: past, present, and future

J Calif Dent Assoc. 2011 Jan;39(1):37-46.


This study examines the development of the registered dental hygienist in alternative practice in California through an analysis of archival documents, stakeholder interviews, and two surveys of the registered dental hygienist in alternative practice. Designing, testing and implementing a new practice model for dental hygienists took 23 years. Today, registered dental hygienists in alternative practice have developed viable alternative methods for delivering preventive oral health care services in a range of settings with patients who often have no other source of access to care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Delegation, Professional
  • Dental Care*
  • Dental Hygienists / education*
  • Dental Hygienists / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Workforce