The Importance of Collaboration Between Periodontists and Dental Hygienists

A strong relationship between periodontists and dental hygienists is critical to comprehensive patient care. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is committed to facilitating these relationships in the name of periodontal health. The AAP Dental Hygiene Engagement Initiative aims to bring together periodontists and dental hygienists to learn, network, and ultimately provide the best possible care to their shared patients.

Dental Hygiene Study Club

For AAP Members

The AAP Dental Hygiene Study Club Program provides AAP members with turnkey resources to host hygienist-focused study clubs in their local area.

The AAP Dental Hygiene Study Club Program

  • Builds relationships between periodontists and hygienists
  • Provides turnkey content for AAP members to use
  • Positions the periodontist as a mentor and leader
  • Encourages collaboration among the dental team
Dental Hygiene Recognition Program

For Dental Hygienists

The AAP Dental Hygienist Recognition Program awards hygienists who engage with the AAP through member-led study clubs and more.

The AAP Dental Hygienist Recognition Program

  • Allows dental hygienists a unique way to engage with the AAP
  • Fosters stronger connections with periodontal experts
  • Provides a quality source of continuing education
  • Motivates hygienists to demonstrate commitment to care