Joy B. Osborn, RDH, MA

Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Primary Dental Care

Joy B. Osborn

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-8970

Office Address:
9-372 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

MA, University of Minnesota (Curriculum and Instructional Systems), 1982

BS, University of Minnesota (Dental Hygiene Education), 1976

RDH, University of Minnesota (Dental Hygiene), 1975


Joy Osborn is an Associate Professor Emeritus  in the Division of Dental Hygiene. Throughout her career, she has attempted to blend clinical, research and teaching skills to benefit both students and patients. Research interests have focused on ergonomics and topics in periodontology. She has authored/co-authored several publications related to carpal tunnel syndrome, musculoskeletal pain, median nerve impairment, periodontal therapy and assessment. Recently, clinical research has incorporated use of a Perioscope in assessing periodontal outcomes.

Ms. Osborn teaches in the undergraduate and graduate dental hygiene programs both clinically and didactically. Primary teaching responsibilities include preclinical dental hygiene, research methods, and clinical dental hygiene. Over the past three decades she has also taught numerous continuing education programs in the areas of clinical dental hygiene, ergonomics, local anesthesia, and periodontal instrumentation. She has been invited to present many lectures and courses to various dental and dental hygiene groups on these and related topics both locally and nationally.

Service activities involve all levels of university life: division, department, School of Dentistry, and the University at-large. She also maintains involvement in several state and national dental and dental hygiene professional organizations. She continues clinical practice in the Faculty Practice Clinic, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumnus, University of Minnesota – 2011
  • Honorary Membership to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Beta Beta Chapter, National Dental Honor Society - 2011
  • ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Develop Program - 2008
  • Academic Health Center Recognition of Excellence - 2001
  • Instructor of the Year Awards for Teaching (1989 to 2010)
  • Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Society – 1988


Research Summary/Interests

Periodontal assessment, periodontal therapy, musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, admissions criteria for dental hygiene.


Refereed Journal Publications:

Osborn JB: Role of the dental endoscope in calculus detection. Dimensions of dental hygiene, 14 (2): 40-44, 2016.

Osborn JB, Blue CM, Lunos S, Lenton P: Endoscopic vs. tactile evaluation of subgingival calculus. Journal of Dental Hygiene, 88(4): 229-236. 2014.

Poppe KL, Blue CM, Lunos S, Lenton P, Osborn JB: Subjective pain perception during calculus detection with use of a periodontal endoscope.JDH88(2): 114-123, 2014.

Blue CM, Lenton P, Lunos S, Poppe K,Osborn JB: A pilot study comparing the outcome of scaling/root planing with and without Perioscope TM technology:JDH87(3): 152-157, 2013

Stoltenberg JL,Osborn JB, Carlson JF, Hodges JS, Michalowicz BS: A preliminary study of intra-pocket topical versus injected anesthetic for scaling and root planing.J Clin Perio34: 892-896, 2007.

Williams KB, Glasnapp DR, Tillis TS,Osborn JB, Wilkins K, Mitchell S, Kershbaum W, Schmidt C. Predictive validity of critical thinking skills for initial clinical dental hygiene performance.J Dent Ed67(11), 1180-1192, 2003.

Osborn JB, Stoltenberg JL, Newell KJ and Osborn SC: Adequacy of dental records in clinical practice: A survey of dentists.J Dent Hyg74(4): 297-306, 2000.

Smith TQ, Harriman L, Au GS, Stoltenberg JL,Osborn JB, Aeppli,DM, Fisher G: Longitudinal Measurement and distribution of neutrophil elastase in crevicular fluid from a health maintenance population.J. Clin Periodontal22: 935-941, 1995.

Stoltenberg JL,Osborn JB, Pihlstrom BL, Hardie NA, Aeppli DM, Huso BA, Bakdash MB, Fischer GE: Prevalence of periodontal disease in a health maintenance organization and comparisons to the National Survey of Oral Health.J. Periodontal64: 853-858, 1993.

Stoltenberg JL,Osborn JB, Pihlstrom BL, Herzberg MC, Aeppli DM, Wolff LF, Fischer GE: Association between cigarette smoking, bacterial pathogens, and periodontal status.J. Periodontal64: 1225-1230, 1993.

Conrad JC, Conrad KJ,Osborn JB: A short-term, three-year epidemiological study of median nerve sensitivity in practicing dental hygienists.J. Dent Hyg67(5): 268-272, 1993.

Wolff LF, Aeppli DM, Pihlstrom BL, Stoltenberg JL,Osborn JB, Hardie NA, Shelbourne CE, Fischer GE: Natural distribution of five bacteria associated with periodontal disease.J Clin Perio20: 699-706, 1993.

Osborn JB, Stoltenberg JL, Aeppli D, Huso B, and Philstrom B: Comparison of measurement variability using a conventional and constant force periodontal probe in patients with moderate periodontitis.J Periodontal, 63:283-289, 1992.

Okuda K, Wolff L,Osborn J, Stoltenberg J, Oliver R, and Hara K: Minocipline slow release formulation effect on subgingival bacteria.J Periodontol, 63:73-79, 1992.

Smith QT, Au GS, Freese PL,Osborn JB, and Stoltenberg JL: Gingival crevicular fluid parameters at 8 sites of healthy, gingivitis and periodontitis subjects.J Periodontol Res, 27: 466-475, 1992.

Conrad JC, Conrad KJ,Osborn JB: A short-term epidemiological study of median nerve dysfunction in practicing dental hygienists.J Dent Hyg66(2):76-80, 1992.

Stoltenberg JL, Newell KJ, andOsborn JB: Enhancing dental hygiene education through residency programs.J Dent Hyg65(9):445-449, 1991.

Conrad JC, Conrad KJ, andOsborn JB: Median nerve dysfunction evaluated during dental hygiene education and practice (1986-1989).J Dent Hyg65(60):283-288, 1991.

Osborn JB, Stoltenberg JL, Huso B, Aeppli D, and Pihlstrom B: Comparison of measurement variability using a standard and constant force periodontal probe.J Periodontol61:497-503, 1990.

Conrad JC,Osborn JB, and Conrad KJ: Peripheral nerve dysfunction in practicing dental hygienists.J Dent Hyg64(8): 382-387, 1990.

Osborn JB, Newell KJ, Rudney JD, and Stoltenberg JL: Musculoskeletal pain among Minnesota dental hygienists.J Dent Hyg64(3) 132-138, 1990.

Osborn JB, Newell KJ, Rudney JD, and Stoltenberg, JL: Carpal tunnel syndrome among Minnesota dental hygienists.J Dent Hyg64(2): 79-85, 1990.

Newell KJ, Stoltenberg JL,Osborn JB, Peterson MD: Dental hygiene student interest in advanced education.J.D.Hyg64(6): 276-282, 1989.

Non-refereed journal publications:

Osborn JO: Clinical risk assessment for Periodontal diseases.Journal of Practical Hygiene, July/August: 11-12, 2008.

Osborn JB, Newell KJ, Rudney JD, and Stoltenberg JL: Carpal tunnel syndrome among Minnesota dental hygienists.Northwest Dentistry69(4): 29-32, 1990.