The dental hygienist can play a vital role in supporting patients with substance use disorder. Often hygienists are the health care professional spending the most one-on-one time with patients. Therefore, they are in a position to screen and advise patients on this issue. Patients often feel the most comfortable and have the strongest relationship with the hygienist, making it natural for hygienists to initiate this oftentimes difficult conversation. With the right skills and confidence, dental hygienists can serve as the first line of defense against risky substance use.
• Identify substance use disorder as a treatable medical condition
• Recognize physical and psychological changes consistent with substance use disorder
• Practice effective communication with patients about substance use disorder
The ADA designates this activity as 1 CE credit (pending approval).
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