Interpreting for Dental Hygiene

taught by Cynthia E. Roat, MPH

Course description

This two-hour online CE course provides interpreters with the concepts and vocabulary needed in encounters related to dental hygiene.

Interpreters will learn: 

  • the anatomy and physiology of the mouth and dentition.
  • how to interpret during a basic dental exam and cleaning.
  • the questions that dental hygienists routinely ask and the signs and symptoms they look for.
  • the basics of oral hygiene.
  • how to describe the work of the periodontist in treating gum disease with deep cleanings. 

This course includes exercises and dialogues to internalize key dental terminology in English and interpret this terminology accurately and faithfully. These exercises will be complemented by the use of a bilingual glossary of dental hygiene terminology available in Arabic, Cantonese (Traditional Chinese), Korean, Mandarin (Traditional & Simplified), Russian, Spanish or Vietnamese.

Accessible for 90 days from date of purchase/published date.

CCHI 2 CE Hours
ATA 2 CE Points
IMIA 0.2 CE Units
DSHS/LTC 2 CE Credits

Cynthia E. Roat, MPH
Cynthia E. Roat, MPH

Cynthia E. Roat is an international consultant on language access in health care. She is the author of a wide array of key resources in the field and the primary developer of the original version of Bridging the Gap, for many years the country’s most widely-offered training for health care interpreters.

She is a founding member of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), where she was a long-time Board member and Chair of various committees, a founding member of the Washington State Coalition on Language Access (WASCLA), and a former board member of the Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS).

Course Curriculum

Interpreting for Dental Hygiene Handouts
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