ADED242C: Community Dental Health I

Allied Dental Education
Credits 2 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 0 Lecture Hours 2
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Introduces the history and principles of community dental health and healthcare delivery systems. Topics include strategies and methods to prevent oral disease, educational and program planning, oral health promotion, the development of public policy, epidemiology, research methods, and implementation of community efforts to enlighten the public on oral health and wellness. Students to plan, implement, and evaluate a community dental hygiene service-learning project.


Students are required to pass prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Exceptions apply; please consult your department chair.
  • Prepare and present appropriate oral health presentation clinically, in the classroom, or in an alternative seeing to a targeted population. (PC 1.1-1.4)
  • Discern and manage the ethical issues facing dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment. (PC 1.1 - 1.4)
  • Contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession.(PC 3.2 – 3.4)
  • Provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills, and educational strategies to promote optimal health. (PC 4.1 – 4.4)
  • Initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations in a variety of settings. (PC 5.1 – 5.6)
  • Systematically collect, correlate, critically analyze, and record data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of a variety of clients using methods consistent with medico-legal-ethical principles. (PC 6.1 – 6.5)
  • Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan that is evidence-based and client centered. (PC 7.1 – 7.7)
  • Provide specialized care which includes educational, preventive, and therapeutic services designed to assist the client in achieving and maintaining oral health goals. (PC 8.1 – 8.9)
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of implemented educational preventive, and therapeutic service and make modifications if necessary. (PC 9.1 – 9.5)
  • Provide dental hygiene care while maintaining a demeanor of professional and ethical behaviors. (PC 1.1, 1.2)
  • Employ proper infection control protocol to prevent the transmission of disease.(8.1)
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques when treating the target population. (5.9)
  • Apply the principles of record management for thorough, accurate, and legible documentation. (9.1-9.5)
  • Asses, plan, implement and evaluate effective dental hygiene strategies and interventions. (6.1-6.15)