Tennessee Dental Hygienists' Association

Chemical Dependency: Considerations for the Oral Health Professional

There are implications for oral health professionals in identifying and managing the client who is abusing illegal substances. Management issues relevant to the delivery of oral care for a variety of reasons.

Course Objective

  • Recognize characteristics of individuals with addiction issues
  • Understand and define addiction
  • Identify stages of substance abuse.
  • Consider oral effects of substance abuse
  • Review alerting behaviors by the substance abuser
  • Identify dental management considerations for the client abusing chemical substances.
  • Author(s)

    Frieda Pickett, RDH, MS
    Lynn Russell, RDH, EdD

    CE Credits Earned


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