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Professional Resources

Guidance on issues is available through a number of sources. Use the links below to find information on legal requirements, practice standards, and other matters vital to your profession.

Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics: Download the PDF document with the code of ethics for dental hygienists.


American Academy of Periodontology: The Academy's purpose is to advance the periodontal and general health of the public and promote excellence in the practice of periodontics.

California Society of Periodontists: CSP's mission  is to advocate, enhance and promote excellence in the practice of periodontics in California by serving its members and assisting them in their responsibilities to the public.

Dental Hygiene and Dental Research Organizations

Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry: The Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry, established in 1995, promotes the teaching, learning, practice and evaluation of evidence-based dentistry world-wide.

The Cochrane Collaboration: Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, careers, and people interested in health.

International Association for Dental Research: IADR’s mission is to (1) advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide; (2) support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) facilitate the communication and application of research findings.

National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice: The dhnet serves as the home base for the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice and is your connection to research resources that support dental hygiene education, practice, and research.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: NIH is the nation’s medical research agency, supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.

Health Information Centers

National Health Information Center: Home of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Health finder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a government website where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

Oral Cancer Foundation: The role of dental and medical professionals.


PubMed: PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

United States National Library of Medicine: The world’s largest biomedical library.

The Cochrane Collaboration / The Cochrane Library: A collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

Dental Medicine Library at the University of Pennsylvania: A place to pursue knowledge beyond traditional boundaries.

The Stanford Health Library: Stanford Health Library provides scientifically-based medical information to help people make informed decisions about their health and health care.

Dental Hygiene Publications

RDH Magazine: RDH provides hygienists with key information on professional growth, including clinical analysis, practice management advice, continuing education opportunities, career strategies, and more.

HygieneTown: HygieneTown is an interactive healthcare community working to connect dentists to their peers, dental service providers, and manufacturers.

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene: Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal that reconnects practicing dental hygienists with the nation’s leading educators and researchers.

International Journal of Dental Hygiene: The journal brings the latest scientific news, high quality commissioned reviews as well as clinical, professional and educational developmental, and legislative news to the profession worldwide.

The Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene: The Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene is the flagship research vehicle of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, sharing dental hygiene research with a wide audience of oral health professionals.

Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health: The Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health is a peer-reviewed medical and dental health journal that includes a wide range of topics in this field and creates a platform for the authors to make contributions to the journal.

California Law and Ethics Examination Guide: The resource guide for the California Law and Ethics Examination.

California Labor Law Manual: Since 2008, has been the resource to help find information on state and federal laws. Designed to assist employers, including small businesses and employees find answers to employment and labor law questions, Employment Law Handbook covers many different areas of labor law including wage payment, discrimination, workplace safety, unemployment, and many others.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – Healthy People 2020 – Oral Health


Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2020) – Healthy People 2020 – Oral Health

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (2000) – Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General

Health Resources and Services Administration (2015) – National and State-level Estimates of Supply and Demand for Dentists and Dental Hygienists

National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (2015) – Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care

Families USA (2015) – Health Reform 2.0: A Call to Action

Pew Charitable Trusts (2014) – Pew Commends California for Dental Telehealth Program

Federal Trade Commission (2014) – FTC Staff Urges Dental Accreditation Commission To Adopt Dental Therapy Accreditation Standards

San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (2014) – San Francisco Children’s Oral Health Strategic Plan

Institute of Medicine (2011) – Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations


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