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The evaluation process includes reviewing and interpreting the results of the dental hygiene care provided and may include outcome measures that are physiologic (improved health), functional, and psychosocial (quality of life, improved patient perception of care). Evaluation occurs throughout the process as well as at the completion of care.

I. Use measurable assessment criteria to evaluate the tangible outcomes of dental hygiene care (e.g., probing, plaque control, bleeding points, retention of sealants, etc.).

II. Communicate to the patient, dentist, and other health/dental care providers the outcomes of dental hygiene care.

III. Evaluate patient satisfaction of the care provided through oral and written questionnaires.

IV. Collaborate to determine the need for additional diagnostics, treatment, referral, education, and
continuing care based on treatment outcomes and self-care behaviors.

V. Self-assess the effectiveness of the process of providing care, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. Develop a plan to improve areas of weakness.


Evaluation is the measurement of the extent to which the client has achieved the goals specified in the dental hygiene care plan. The dental hygienist uses evidence-based decisions to continue, discontinue, or modify the care plan based on the ongoing reassessments and subsequent diagnoses. 

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