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Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist
Tenth edition
by Esther M. Wilkins

Written in a straightforward, concise outline format, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 10th edition equips students and practitioners with the clinical and educational skills needed for successful practice.

Features includes:

  • full-color artwork and photographs
  • case-based exercises
  • procedure boxes
  • ethics boxes

The Tenth edition presents the latest technical advances and research findings and includes:

  • a new chapter on teeth whitening
  • new sections on cultural competence, detailed home visit, street drugs, and indices for early childhood caries and root caries

A bound-in CD-ROM includes clinical video clips, an audio pronunciation glossary, and board case style questions with rationales.


Part I: Orientation to Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice Introduction

  1. The Professional Dental Hygienist

Part II: Preparation for Dental Hygiene Practice Introduction

  1. Infection Control: Transmissible Diseases
  2. Exposure Control: Barriers for Patient and Clinician
  3. Infection Control: Clinical Procedures
  4. Ergonomic Practice

Part III: Process of Care: Assessment Introduction

  1. Documentation
  2. Personal, Dental, and Medical Histories
  3. Vital Signs
  4. Dental Radiographic Imaging
  5. Extraoral and Intraoral Examination
  6. Study Casts
  7. The Gingiva
  8. Examination Instruments and Procedures
  9. Periodontal Disease Development
  10. The Teeth
  11. The Occlusion
  12. Dental Biofilm and Other Soft Deposits
  13. Calculus
  14. Dental Stains and Discolorations
  15. Indices and Scoring Methods

Part IV: Process of Care: Dental Hygiene Diagnosis and Care Planning Introduction

  1. Planning for Dental Hygiene Care
  2. The Dental Hygiene Care Plan

Part V: Process of Care: Implementation: Prevention Introduction

  1. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  2. Protocols for Prevention and Control of Dental Caries
  3. Oral Infection Control: Toothbrushes and Toothbrushing
  4. Interdental Care
  5. Dentrifices, Mouthrinses, and Irrigation
  6. Patient with Orthodontic Appliances
  7. Care of Dental Prostheses
  8. The Patient with Dental Implants
  9. The Patient Who Uses Tobacco
  10. Diet and Dietary Analysis
  11. Fluorides
  12. Sealants

Part VI: Process of Care: Implementation: Treatment Introduction

  1. Anxiety and Pain Control
  2. Instruments and Principles for Instrumentation
  3. Nonsurgical Periodontal Instrumentation
  4. Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy: Supplemental Care Procedures
  5. Acute Periodontal Conditions
  6. Sutures and Dressings
  7. Dentin Hypersensitivity
  8. Extrinsic Stain Removal
  9. Tooth Whitening

Part VII: Evaluation and Maintenance Introduction

  1. Evaluation and Maintenance

Part VIII: Patients With Special Needs Introduction

  1. The Pregnant Patient
  2. Pediatric Oral Health Care: Infancy Through Age 5
  3. The Patient with a Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  4. Preadolescent to Postmenopausal Patients
  5. The Elderly Patient
  6. The Edentulous Patient
  7. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Patient
  8. The Patient with Cancer
  9. Care of Patients with Disabilities
  10. The Patient Who is Homebound or Bedridden
  11. The Patient with a Physical Impairment
  12. The Patient with a Sensory Disability
  13. Family Abuse and Neglect
  14. The Patient with a Seizure Disorder
  15. The Patient with Mental Disability
  16. The Patient with a Psychiatric Disorder
  17. The Patient with a Substance-Related Disorder
  18. The Patient with a Respiratory Disease
  19. The Patient with a Cardiovascular Disease
  20. The Patient with a Blood Disorder
  21. The Patient with Diabetes Mellitus
  22. Emergency Care


  1. American Dental Hygienists' Association Code of Ethics for Dental Hygienists
  2. Canadian Dental Hygienists' Association Code of Ethics
  3. International Federation of Dental Hygienists' Code of Ethics
  4. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings--2003
  5. Average Measurements of Human Teeth


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Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist
Tenth edition
by Esther M. Wilkins

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