Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice / Edition 3

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Comprehensive and up to date, Dental Hygiene, 3rd Edition offers complete coverage of today’s dental hygiene skills and theories -- all based on the Human Needs Model for better hygienist/patient communication. With a strong focus on clinical application, each section closely follows the critical thinking and clinical assessment approach that a hygienist must use in the classroom, clinic, and practice. Clinical competencies at the beginning of each chapter provide a clear, quick overview of exactly what you need to know, and procedure boxes with detailed steps and rationales ensure that you understand the reasoning behind each step in the competencies. In addition, new chapters on caries risk assessment and the oral-systemic health connection keep you up to date with today’s major areas of research.
  • Each section takes you from conceptual foundations of dental hygiene through patient assessment, treatment, and evaluation.
  • Scenario boxes challenge you to integrate complex information as you assess, diagnose, plan care, and evaluate the outcome of care.
  • Client Education Issues and Legal, Ethical and Safety Issues boxes inform you of the latest information in these important areas.
  • Critical Thinking exercises provide opportunities for independent thought and problem solving.
  • Tables and boxes build upon and simplify information from the text, making study and review quick and easy.
  • Evolve website contains free online resources, including weblinks, self-assessment quizzes, and professional development worksheets for student review.
  • A reorganized section for Individuals with Special Needs includes chapters on Cleft Palate, Physical Abuse, Blood Diseases, and Mental Illness, all reflecting evidence-based research now available in these areas.
  • New chapters on caries risk assessment and the oral-systemic health connection -- hot topics in today’s dental sciences.
  • New anesthesia guidelines keep you up to date with what's new in pain and anxiety control.
  • Essential resources and websites are now included at the end of each chapter for easy reference.
  • New illustrations provide a fresh, reader-friendly design.
  • Self-assessment quizzes are available online, all case-based to follow the NBDH format.
  • Free online access to the Legal and Ethical Decision Making chapter, including an 'asset center' to assist you with clinical skills.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Each chapter is well planned, very readable, beautifully and appropriately illustrated with excellent colour photographs and diagrams... I would recommend this as a valuable book for all members of the dental team to have on their bookshelf. It is clearly written and very informative, invaluable for students and a very useful reference book for those dental professionals, like me, whose student days are a distant memory.With continuing professional development high on the agenda these days, this publication is certainly a useful tool for refreshing and updating one’s knowledge." Team in Practice, July 2010

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Reviewer: Michael E. Gewerth, RDH (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that describes the evidence-based research and practical applications in all aspects of dental hygiene. The first edition was published in 1995.
Purpose: The book is used as a guide in decision making and practical application in private practice as well as the clinic and classroom. The authors have met and exceeded their objectives.
Audience: The book is written for students as well as practitioners of dental hygiene. The authors have done a superior job of writing the book and are a creditable source of information.
Features: The graphic illustrations as well as the theory give the student an almost hands-on approach to clinical practice. The easy access and the up-to-date information are strong points in this book. I was impressed with the chapter on local anesthetic — excellent!
Assessment: This book is much needed as the information and laws have changed since 1995. Overall, this is an excellent teaching reference as well as a textbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416053576
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1296
  • Sales rank: 635,683
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Darby and Walsh: Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice, Third Edition
Table of Contents


1. The Dental Hygiene Profession

2. Human Needs Theory and Dental Hygiene Care

3. Health and Health Promotion

4. Communication and Behavioral Change Theories

5. Cross-Cultural Practice


6. The Dental Hygiene Care Environment

7. Infection Control

8. Medical Emergencies

9. Ergonomics


10. Personal, Dental, and Health Histories

11. Vital Signs

12. Pharmacologic History

13. Extraoral and Intraoral Clinical Assessment

14. Assessment of the Dentition

15. Oral Hygiene Assessment: Soft and Hard Deposits

16. Dental Caries Management by Risk Assessment

17. Periodontal and Risk Assessment

18. Impact of Periodontal Infections on Systemic Health


19. Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

20. Dental Hygiene Care Plan and Evaluation


21. Toothbrushing

22. Mechanical Oral Biofilm Control: Interdental and Supplemental Self-Care Devices

23. Dentifrices

24. Hand-Activated Instruments

25. Ultrasonic and Sonic Instrumentation

26. Root Morphology and Instrumentation Implications

27. Management of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Stains

28. Decision Making Related to Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy

29. Chemotherapy for the Control of Periodontal Diseases

30. Acute Gingival and Periodontal Conditions, Lesions of Endodontic Origin, and Avulsed Teeth

31. Caries Management: Fluorides, Chlorhexidine, Xylitol, and Amorphous Calcium Phosphate Therapies

32. Pit and Fissure Sealants

33. Nutritional Counseling

34. Tobacco Cessation

35. Impressions, Study Casts, and Oral Stents

36. Restorative Therapy


37. Behavioral Management of Dental Fear and Anxiety

38. Dentinal Hypersensitivity Management

39. Local Anesthesia

40. Nitrous Oxide–Oxygen Analgesia


41. Persons with Disabilities

42. Cardiovascular Disease

43. Persons with Diabetes Mellitus

44. Oral Care of Persons with Cancer

45. Persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

46. Persons with Neurologic and Sensory Deficits

47. Persons with Autoimmune Diseases

48. Renal Disease and Organ Transplantation

49. Respiratory Diseases

50. Intellectual and Developmentally Challenged Persons

51. Alcohol and Substance Abuse

52. Eating Disorders

53. Women's Health and the Health of Their Children

54. The Older Adult

55. Persons with Fixed and Removable Dentures

56. Orofacial Clefts and Fractured Jaw
57. Dental Implant Maintenance

58. Persons with Orthodontic Appliances

59. Abuse and Neglect


60. Practice Management

61. Career Planning and Professional Development

62. Legal and Ethical Decision Making

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