ADED113C: Clinical Dental Hygiene I

Credits 3 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 8 Lecture Hours 1
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A pre-clinical course for the development and application of information relating to preventive dental hygiene services. Includes topics on asepsis, infection control, gathering and evaluating patient medical and dental histories, legal and ethical considerations, body mechanics, intra and extra oral exams, and instrumentation. Use of adjunct dental hygiene aids is also taught. Skills will be practiced on student partners. A classroom seminar for learning activities and group discussion is included. All students enrolled in ADED 113C will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge.

Learning Outcomes
  • Deliver dental hygiene care utilizing proper ethical, legal and professional behavior and dress. (1.1,1.2,1.4)
  • Provide dental hygiene services while adhering to current concepts of infection control to prevent the transmission of disease. (1.4,8.1)
  • Provide and perform assessment procedures to a student partner/patient following acceptable standards of care with respect to attainment of the following (6.1,6.3,6.4,6.5): Medical History and Vital Signs; Dental, Family, Social and Cultural History; Extraoral and Intraoral Exam; Dental Examination for Caries and Restorations; Evaluation of the periodontium; Detection of calculus; Detection of biofilm; Detection of intrinsic and extrinsic stain.
  • Apply the principles of record management, paper and digital, for thorough, accurate, and legible documentation. (1.4,2.4,6.1,6.3,6.4,6.5)
  • Implement dental hygiene interventions designed to improve the oral health of self. (4.1)
  • Implement effective dental hygiene interventions designed to assist the patient in achieving and maintaining oral health. (4.2, 5.1, 8.9, 8.10)
  • Apply basic principles of instrumentation on a typodont student partner/patient so that debridement and deposit removal may be performed with maximum effectiveness, safety and efficiency. (8.2)
  • Demonstrate competent ergonomic principles while delivering dental hygiene services. (4.2)
  • Manage medical emergencies in the patient care environment (8.8)