Level Dental Hygiene Programs : Occupational Health And Safety

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Magnification Loupes in U.S. Entry–level Dental Hygiene Programs – Occupational Health and Safety written by Dongdon, Tolle, Darby (2012)

The purpose of this study was due to improving dental hygienists environmental stressors and improve occupational health of dental hygienists by the American Dental Hygienists’ association’s (ADHA). The National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda states that occupational health and safety introduced the magnification of loupes so that it could reduce stressors and decrease errors in the work environment. The study showed that magnification loupes enhanced treatment and improved ergonomics during patient care by using this device. The magnification loupes were designed primarily to enhance the visual acuity of practitioners. Furthermore, magnification loupes have the potential to enhance client treatment and therapeutic outcomes, as well as enhance the musculoskeletal health of oral care clinician. The topic in this study was to determine policies and practices regarding magnification loupes among faculty and students in accredited dental hygiene programs. Now a days, the use of magnification loupes is not required by accredited dental hygiene programs. However, the use of magnification glasses continues to increase in dental practice settings due to potential ergonomic benefits. This study shows evidence that dental hygiene schools have been aware of the advantages that loupes can provide in entry-level education and clinical practice. A…

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