Objectives: This study applied the co-orientation model to investigate the degree to which dental hygienists and dentists recognize the efficiency of dental hygienists’ non-surgical periodontal therapy work, the basic data can be provided as a systematic arrangement that can be applied and extended to dental clinics to raise mutual understanding. Methods: Independent sample t-tests, one-way ANOVA, and paired t-tests were conducted with a total of 888 subjects (530 dental hygienists and 358 dentists) using SPSS Statistics 22.0. Results: The analysis showed that, dental hygienists had higher recognition of the efficiency of their work (p<0.001) than dentists, with respect to all items(p>0.05). With respect to subjective agreement, dental hygienists estimated lower recognition among dentists than other dental hygienists and dentists estimated higher recognition among dentists than dental hygienists. With respect to accuracy, dentists’ estimation was lower than the actual recognition among dental hygienists and dental hygienists’ estimation was higher than the actual recognition among dentists in all cases except the efficiency of dental hygienists’ patient education work and constant learning.
Conclusions: There was wide gap between dental hygienists and dentists in recognition of the efficiency of dental hygienists’ non-surgical periodontal therapy work. Actions must be taken to raise mutual understanding between dental hygienists and dentists regarding dental hygienists’ no-surgical periodontal therapy work, to spread this recognition throughout the dental industry, and to implement systematic support at dental clinics.