Professional Responsibilities and Considerations

Dental hygienists are responsible and accountable for their dental hygiene practice, conduct, and decision-making. Throughout their professional career in any practice setting, a dental hygienist is expected to:

  • Maintain a current license to practice, including certifications as appropriate.

  • Demonstrate respect for the knowledge, expertise, and contributions of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental office staff, and other health care professionals.

  • Articulate the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist to the patient, interprofessional team members, referring providers, and others.

  • Apply problem-solving processes in decision-making and evaluate these processes.

  • Demonstrate professional behavior.

  • Maintain compliance with established infection control standards following the most current guidelines to

  • reduce the risks of healthcare-associated infections in patients, and illnesses and injuries in health care personnel.

  • Incorporate cultural competence in all professional interactions.

  • Access and utilize current, valid, and reliable evidence in clinical decision-making through analyzing and interpreting the literature and other resources. 

  • Maintain awareness of changing trends in dental hygiene, health, and society that impact dental hygiene care.

  • Support the dental hygiene profession through ADHA membership.

  • Interact with peers and colleagues to create an environment that supports collegiality and teamwork.

  • Prevent situations where patient safety and well-being could potentially be compromised.

  • Contribute to a safe, supportive, and professional work environment.

  • Participate in activities to enhance and maintain continued competence and address professional issues as determined by appropriate self-assessment.

  • Commit to lifelong learning to maintain competence in an evolving health care system.


Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association

A Constituent of the American Dental Hygienists' Association Representing Dental Hygienists throughout the State of Georgia.

The Georgia Dental Hygienists' Association does not endorse any business or its product(s). See disclaimer

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