Dental hygiene profession sees moment of opportunity to improve access to oral health care

June 24, 2014

St. Louis, June 23, 2014 - With opportunities to take increased responsibility for oral health care and to deliver care in a more comprehensive way, it's an exciting time in the profession of dental hygiene. To help prepare to meet these challenges, the editors of The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (JEBDP) present the Annual Report on Dental Hygiene, a collection of cutting-edge research and practice updates in the field of dental hygiene.

The JEBDP is the foremost publication of information about evidence-based dental practice and is published by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

"Societal, economic, political, and health care factors have converged to create a 'perfect storm' of unprecedented possibilities for improved access to oral health care and growth for dental hygienists," writes Terri Tilliss, RDH, PhD, of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, in an introduction to the special issue. Dr. Tilliss is Guest Editor of the Annual Report on Dental Hygiene.

Dental hygienists are at the threshold of expanded responsibilities for assessing and caring for their patient's oral and overall health, creating this "moment of opportunity." Dental hygienists are also poised to assume a more independent and direct role in providing patient care - a key part of strategies to expand access to oral health and medical care to underserved areas and populations.

"Our new Annual Report allows a glimpse into future possibilities regarding optimal oral health care delivery and provides evidence-based updates and critical evaluation of significant clinical and public health issues," according to Dr. Michael G Newman, Editor in Chief of the JEBDP. The special issue presents 27 invited articles contributed by leading clinicians and researchers from dental hygiene, dentistry, and other disciplines. Dr. Tilliss adds, "It is my fervent hope that by showcasing the capabilities and accomplishments of dental hygienists, this Annual Report will serve as a resource for policy makers, politicians and other health care providers in developing new oral health care options for the public. "

The JEBDP Annual Report on Dental Hygiene is now available in print and electronic formats. An educational grant from Colgate will support the distribution of a copy of the Annual Report to every dental hygiene student in the United States. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene will distribute the Annual Report to the students in time for the upcoming academic year.
Attendees of the 2014 Annual Session of the American Dental Hygienists Association, June 18 - 24, in Las Vegas, are invited to visit the Elsevier booth to see and purchase copies of the Annual Report on Dental Hygiene. The report can also be ordered by visiting the JEBDP website, For bulk sales, please contact Jane Ryley at the e-mail address or phone number below.

Notes for editors

The JEBDP Annual Report on Dental Hygiene is published by Elsevier. For full texts of articles published in the issue or for further information about JEBDP please contact at +1 314 447 9226; or visit:

About The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice

The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (JEBDP) presents timely original articles, as well as reviews of articles on the results and outcomes of clinical procedures and treatment. The journal advocates the use or rejection of a procedure based on solid, clinical evidence found in literature. The journal's dynamic operating principles are explicitness in process and objectives, publication of the highest-quality reviews and original articles, and an emphasis on objectivity. Visit the journal website at

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions -- among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey -- and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

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