Needs assessment for emerging oral microbiome knowledge in dental hygiene education

R. Constance Wiener, Alcinda Trickett Shockey


The curricula of dental hygiene education reflect the knowledge gained through research and clinical advances. Emergingknowledge is often complex and tentative. The purpose of this study is to assess dental hygiene students’ confidence in theirknowledge about the oral microbiome and to conduct a knowledge needs assessment for expanding their exposure to emergingknowledge about the oral microbiome. Sixty dental hygiene students were surveyed, using a Likert-type scale about theirconfidence and about current and emerging bacteriological research. The majority of students (60%) reported being confident intheir knowledge. The mean score for the ten items was 35.2% (standard deviation, 20.6%). The results of this study indicate aneed for emphasis on emerging oral microbiome research in dental hygiene education. This is important so that dental hygienestudents can properly share information with their patients about advances in dental care.

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Journal of Epidemiological Research

ISSN 2377-9306(Print)  ISSN 2377-9330(Online)

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