Resources for the examination

You should note that these texts do not form the basis of the examination but are intended as a general guide only. In the case of the written examination, the papers are not set directly from these texts but if these texts (or similar) are understood, that knowledge will meet the examination standards.

Resources for preparing for the examination

The following references are available at either the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) North Shore Campus library or the North Shore Hospital Library - they are available for reference only (you cannot borrow them). You will be granted access to these texts during opening hours. 

If you are not located in Auckland you should contact your local hospital about access to the dental books held in their medical library. In addition you can check if your local library can access books through interloan from the University of Otago library. It is your responsibility to make any arrangements regarding the borrowing and return of books.

If you are located overseas and do not have access to these libraries, you may be able to find these resources online or at your local libraries. 

North Shore Campus Library  
AL Building
90 Akoranga Drive
North Shore City 6027
Tel: 09 921 9999 ext 7701
Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 8am - 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 6pm 

North Shore Hospital Library
Lower Ground Floor
North Shore Hospital
Cnr Shakespeare & Taharota Road
North Shore
Tel: 09 486 8920 ext 2534
Opening Times: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Highly recommended reading





Darby, M., & Walsh, M.

Dental hygiene theory and practice

London: Saunders


3rd ed, 2009

Daniel SJ, Harfst AS Wilder RS

Mosby’s Dental Hygiene: Concepts, Cases and Competencies

St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby, Elsevier

2nd ed, 2008

Nield-Gehring, J.S.

Fundamentals of periodontal instrumentation.

Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

7th ed, 2013

Wilkins, E.M.

Clinical practice of the dental hygienist.

Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


11th ed, 2013

 Additional recommended reading





Andreason, T.O., Andreason, F.M., Bakland L.K. & Flores T.O.

Traumatic dental injuries - a manual.

Copenhagen: Munksgaard


Brashers, V. L.

Clinical applications of pathophysiology: Assessment, diagnostic reasoning and management.

St. Louis: Mosby



Frieidson, E.

Profession of medicine: A study of the sociology of applied knowledge.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press



Higgs, J. & Jones, M.

Clinical reasoning in the health professions


2nd ed, 2000

Lindhe, J., Karring, T. & Lang, N.P.

Clinical periodontology and implant dentistry.

Oxford: Blackwell

4th ed, 2003

Morse, J. & Field, P.A.

Qualitative research methods for health professionals

Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage


Pesut, D. J. & Herman J

Clinical reasoning: The art and science of critical and science of critical and creative thinking

Albany; London. Delmar


Pinkham T.R.

Paediatric dentistry, infancy through adolescence

London: W.B. Saunders Company


Reason, P.

Human inquiry in action: Developments in new paradigm research.

London: SAGE Publications Inc.


Schon, D. (1983).

The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action

New York: Basic Books



Scully, C. & Cawson, R.H.

Medical problems in dentistry

UK: John          Wright

4th ed, 1998

Wilson, T.G. & Kornman, K

Fundamental of periodontics

London: Quintessence Books



Other resources

The dental hygiene scope of practice

Standards Framework for Oral Health Practitioners