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Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Practice Management in Dental Hygiene

For courses in Ethics, Jurisprudence as well as Practice Management.

Rapid technological advances in dental hygiene services have made it increasingly more feasible for licensed hygienists to practice independently—thus making a solid understanding of ethics and business management not only desirable, but critical. Unique in approach, this innovative text explores—in a single volume— the moral, legal, and administrative challenges dental hygienists are likely to encounter in clinical practice, in an office setting—and the interrelationships between them. The focus throughout is not only on currently available practices and procedures, but on the decision-making process involved in applying them effectively to a given situation.


Editorial Reviews

From Book News, Inc.
Appropriate for use in ethics and jurisprudence courses, practice management and seminar courses, or as a resource for practicing hygienists, this book reviews common ethical, legal, and administrative situations in the dental workplace, with a focus on technology. After an introduction to moral philosophy and ethical principles, topics including informed consent, decision making, jurisprudence, social issues, and practice management are covered, and career issues are discussed. Some 20 pages of appendices present codes of ethics and lists of agencies.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Book Info
Textbook provides a current overview of the field and features a detailed discussion of common ethical situations and practice management. Focuses on technology in the workplace. Chapter activities and exercises are included. Softcover. DNLM: Practice Management, Dental--organization & administration.

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A successful dental hygienist requires a complete understanding of how ethical issues interrelate to knowledge of the latest advances in practice management. Appropriate for use in ethics and jurisprudence courses, practice management and seminar courses or as a resource for practicing hygienists, Ethics & Practice Management in Dental Hygiene provides a current and comprehensive overview.


  • Detailed discussion of common ethical situations
  • A focus on technology in the workplace
  • Comprehensive coverage of practice management for those in independent practice
  • Chapter activities and exercises that provide real-life examples of topics


Excerpted from Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Practice Management in Dental Hygiene by Vickie J. Kimbrough, Charla J. Lautar. Copyright © 2003. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The information and examples in this book are designed to orient dental hygiene students to clinical practice and its many applications in an office setting. Although dentists, dental practices, and dental hygiene can be generalized, each practice will be unique in its daily operations and policies.

As you read and participate in the exercises, keep in mind that experiences will be unique. In this new millennium, the art and science of dental hygiene continues to progress and evolve. More states have entered into independent or alternative practice settings for experienced dental hygienists.

Upon becoming a registered or licensed dental hygienist, you are encouraged to actively participate in furthering the development of patient education and dental hygiene research as well as your own education. Reach out to communities that are not able to access dental care in a traditional setting and continually stay abreast of the link between periodontal disease and total body health, as patients see the dental hygienist as the oral health care specialist. The knowledge and relationships that build from networking with other professionals will be invaluable.

We hope that you find personal and professional satisfaction in your dental hygiene career and as a member of the dental hygiene profession.

Thank you to the reviewers of this manuscript: W. Gail Barnes, RDH, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University; Chris French Beatty, RDH, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department Chair Texas Woman's University; Barbara Paige, RDH, MS, Ed.D., Professor, Cabrillo College; Angelina E. Riccelli, RDH, MS, Associate Professor and Director, University of Pittsburgh; Donna J. Stach, RDH, M.Ed., Associate Professor, University of Colorado.