This textbook prepares dental hygiene students and dental hygienists to handle the business and operational aspects of the dental office. The book teaches students how a dental office functions from an operational standpoint and how dental hygienists, as licensed professionals, fit into that operation. Major sections cover basics of dentistry and dental law, office management, applied communications, and employability skills. To accommodate a two-credit course, the text is concise and focuses on exercise-based learning. Each chapter includes workbook exercises, study questions, critical thinking activities, case studies, and RDH board practice questions, as well as selected references, Websites, and student activities.