VIDEO: Hygiene Chat – Why a 6-month Recall Interval, and is a “Cleaning” What Hygienists Perform?

In this hygiene chat, Dr. Emily Boge, EdD, RDH, CDA, and Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, look back at the history of where the terminology used to describe hygiene appointments began, if we should refer to hygiene appointments as “cleanings,” and where the “6-month recall” interval came from.

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References for this Video

1. Fones, A.C. The Origin and History of Dental Hygienists. Journal of the American Dental Association. 1922; 13(12): 1809-1821. Reprinted in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. 2013; 87(Suppl 1): 58-62.

2. Fauchard, P. (1746). The Surgeon Dentist or Treatise on the Teeth (Vol. II). Translation. Butterworth.

3. Machado, K. (2023, October 11). Dental Hygienists Are Oral Health Prevention Specialists: It’s not “Just a Cleaning.” Today’s RDH.

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