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DHYG 1901

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Dental Hygiene I
Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1612 and BIOL 1612L, each with a "C" or better
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course provides an introduction to the basic theories and techniques fundamental to dental hygiene practice including an overview of the profession, orientation to the clinical facility, prevention of disease transmission, the comprehensive health history, the intraoral and extraoral examination, vital signs, characteristics of normal gingiva and the periodontia, hard and soft deposits. dental caries, stains, polishing, charting, oral hygiene methods and aids, occlusions, fluorides, and topical agents.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Communicate using appropriate dental terminology.
2. Maintain a sterile field during dental hygiene procedures.
3. Assess patients to determine if modifications in treatment are necessary to protect the patient, the operator, or others in the vicinity.
4. Determine patient vital signs.
5. Perform comprehensive intra/extra-oral examination, describing/identifying deviations from normal.
6. Recognize normal gingiva.
7. Recognize early stages of gingival and periodontal disease.
8. Describe plaque and calculus formation processes including their significance to oral health.
9. Distinguish between dental anomolies, developmental defects, and regressive changes of teeth.
10. Identify dental caries visually, radiographically, and according to G. V. Black Classification.
11. Identify dental stains as extrinsic, intrinsic, exogenous, and/or endogenous.
12. Discuss indications for polishing.
13. Compare abrasive agents.
14. Discuss rationale for accurate charting and chart existing oral conditions.
15. Identify oral hygiene education strategies and aids appropriate for each patient.
16. Identify occlusal classifications.
17. Discuss fluoride types, mode of action, and benefits.
18. Identify various topical agents used in dental hygiene practice and explain application and action of each.

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications by requiring students to communicate professionally while using correct dental terminology.
II. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding problem-solving by presenting students with health history case scenarios for which they must propose solutions.
III. This course addresses the general education outcome of application of scientific inquiry by requiring students to synthesize hypothetical data regarding aspects of patient information into patient treatment data.
IV. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding basic concepts of wellness by encouraging students to grasp the wellness concepts which they promote for their patients for themselves.

Course Content
I. Attitudes toward mouth
II. Infection control
III. History of Dental Hygiene
IV. Ethical professional behavior
V. Medical and Dental history
A. Vital signs
B. Use PDR and other references
VI. Intra/extra-oral examination
Gingival and periodontal landmarks
VII. Plaque
A. Disclosing solutions
B. Plaque indices
IX. Caries
X. Stains
XI. Plaque Control
A. Brushing methods
B. Plaque removal devices
XII. Charting
XIV. Polishing
A. Agents
B. Mechanical polishing
C. Air polishing
XV. Fluorides
XVI. Topical agents
A. Desensitizing
B. Pain management
C. Pulp testing
D. Syringe preparation

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Six quizzes

1. Each quiz is worth 11% of course grade for a total of 66% of grade.
2. Quizzes consist of 25-50 objective items, with three quizzes containing essay questions.

B. Final Exam

80 questions worth 34% of course grade.
The dental hygiene department maintains full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; additionally by reporting students' pass rates for state/regional/national licensing exams, the department will be able to assess the effectiveness of this course as well as the whole curriculum.
The faculty function as the curriculum committee, along with science department faculty, and, as necessary, faculty from other departments are used to assist in periodic reviews of the curriculum. The department also articulates with a Department Advisory Committee, composed of members from the practicing dental and dental hygiene community, to maintain a current picture of the needs of current graduates/practitioners.

Revised 03/01

Last Revised: Aug. 05, 2011
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