Course Description

This 2 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 will support your ability to confidently manage Dental Hygiene interpreting encounters. Exercises include a bilingual audio role-play to help you internalize key dental terminology and interpret this terminology accurately and faithfully. A bilingual glossary of dental hygiene terminology is included in English and Korean.

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

CCHI 2 CE Hours
ATA 2 CE Points
IMIA 0.2 CE Hours - Approval Pending
DSHS/LTC 2 CE Credit


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

  • 1

    Interpreting for Dental Hygiene

    • Interpreting for Dental Hygiene - Part 1:

    • Quiz 1A: The Anatomy of the Mouth

    • Quiz 1B: Anatomy of a Tooth

    • Interpreting for Dental Hygiene - Part 2

    • Quiz 2: The Work of the Dental Hygienist

    • Interpreting for Dental Hygiene - Part 3 Resource Page

  • 2

    Interpreting for Dental Hygiene Handouts

    • Dental Hygiene Glossary - Korean

    • Interpreting for Dental Hygiene Services - Handouts

    • Vocabulary Exercise 3: Conversion [Korean_Answer Key]

  • 3

    Interpreting for Dental Hygiene Audio Role Play

    • Role Pay Instruction Video

    • Dental Hygiene: Audio Role Play - English-Korean

    • 10 Interpreting practice dialogue - Korean - Suggested Translations

  • 4

    Final: Interpreting for Dental Hygiene

    • Final: Mouth (Oral Cavity) : 1-10

    • Final: The Tooth 11-18

    • Final: Questions 19 – 32: Choose the best answer.

    • Final: Questions 33 – 50: Match the term below with the best definition


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