2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DEHY 120 - Dental Hygiene Clinic 1

3 CR
This course is a combination of dental hygiene theory and clinical practice. During theory class, the emphasis is placed on disease prevention and health promotion strategies. The course project includes designing a behavior modification plan, implementation of that plan and a written research component. Studies include cardiology, the use of antimicrobials and chemotherapeutic agents, as well as tobacco cessation programs. In the clinical aspect of the course, the student gains experience in the implementation of preventative and educational techniques through requirements in treating adult and child patients. Lab Fee

Additional Information: Formal admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and CPR certification required.
Requisites: Take DEHY 110 , DEHY 112 , and DEHY 114  with at least a grade of C.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Use knowledge of motivation and behavior modification theory to change human behavior.
  2. Apply knowledge of tobacco use and cessation to assist clinical patients in their needs to quit tobacco use.
  3. Apply concepts of behavior modification theory to assist a patient in complying with their caries control regimen.
  4. Assess caries risk for a patient using all forms of assessment data including a saliva test kit.
  5. Explore with patients the most effective means for the prevention and treatment of dental caries for their customized treatment plan.
  6. Assess the need for topical fluoride therapy and make recommendations for patient self-applied treatment as well as plan for professional topical modalities.
  7. Use pulp vitality testing to provide assessment data on a patient.
  8. Integrate knowledge of chemotherapeutic agents into patient education recommendations for home care products and irrigation devices.
  9. Use chemotherapeutic agents and irrigation on patients to promote periodontal health.
  10. Integrate the concepts and procedures learned in all previous clinical dental hygiene courses into the current clinical experience.
  11. Demonstrate a professional demeanor while in the clinical setting, according to the program guidelines and outlined in the DEHY 110 course.
  12. Accept responsibility to ensure complete treatment of nonsurgical periodontal therapy, and provide accurate record entries for the future care of patients.
  13. Coordinate further services for the patient by accurate record-keeping and using appropriate forms.
  14. Manage time effectively during patient appointments to maintain quality care for the patient while maximizing efficiency.
  15. Maintain the highest standards for clinical and laboratory sterile/aseptic technique as learned in previous clinical courses.
  16. Meet the objectives for the clinical assistant rotation.