History Of Dental Hygiene Objectives
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Recognize Dr. Alfred Fones as the 'founder of dental hygiene', and his role in the development of the dental hygiene profession and in public health.
Dr. Fones' vision was that dental hygiene would become a distinct profession (sub-specialist). He trained Irene Newman, his dental assistant, and she became the first licensed dental hygienist.
Later, Dr. Fones created the first dental hygiene school. He believed that a DH's duties included:
-Instruction of public in oral hygiene
-Examine, scale, and polish teeth under the supervision of a dentist.
State the three purposes used to begin the Fones School of Dental Hygiene.
Identify the rationale used by organized dentistry to originally oppose the development of dental hygiene.
Formal organized dentistry opposed DH because:
-thought it would end dentistry by preventing disease
-it would reduce the potential income ($$$$)
-loss of control
They created restrictions on DH: i.e. TX does not allow DH to administer local anesthetics
Describe the Bridgeport Public School Project and its importance to the progression and validation of dental hygiene.
Originally after a DH graduated from Dr. Fones school of DH, the only practiced in schools (public health and child prevention)- Bridgeport being the first public school. The majority of the dental hygienists post-grad would end up working in public health and some would work in private practice. Nowadays, it is opposite, majority go to private practice and some work in public health.
Value the evolutionary process by which dental hygiene has come into its present form as a respected and recognized health profession.
DH grows every year! All states require you to pass a standardized written test before you can proceed to the clinical boards. Known as its own sub-specialty. Involved in public health and preventing oral disease!
First Dental Hygienist (trained by Dr. Alfred C. Fones
Dr. Alfred C. Fones
Trained Irene Newman to be a certified dental hygienist. Also created the first dental hygiene school in Bridgeport, CT where his first graduating class has 27 new DHs!
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