2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 311 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Practice II (6 credits)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program.

Course Description
The second in a series of seven linked courses to continue development of introductory dental hygiene clinical skills required for the safe and effective practice of dental hygiene. Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data using American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.

Student Outcomes
1. Continued development of all skills and knowledge from DHYG 301.

2. In a pre-clinic or clinic setting using patients and current evidence-based dental hygiene theory and science, accurately and consistently:
a. apply dental hygiene theory and techniques in patient assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment planning, radiology, treatment documentation and dental hygiene therapy(ies).
b. interpret patient interview and clinic assessment data, applying principles of cariology to identify caries risk and applying the periodontal risk assessment for individual patients in order to develop of a dental hygiene treatment plan.
b. apply treatment planning models to develop and implement appropriate patient education and treatment based on individual patient caries risk assessment.
c. determine the appropriate procedures for dental hygiene therapy on adult and pedodontic patients for maintenance of oral health or treatment of oral disease classified by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) as gingivitis.
d. determine appropriate referral needs for any given patient or case presentation.
e. describe and demonstrate the basic principles of instrumentation of the Nabor’s probe and area specific curets for the purpose of scaling and root planning.
f. identify and treatment plan for implementation of introductory root planing techniques on patients requiring this dental hygiene therapy.
g. demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors consistent with a dental hygiene professional, and in compliance with the policies and procedures detailed in the Pierce College Student Handbook, the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Student Handbook and accompanying Clinic Policies, and the American Dental Hygiene Associations’ Code of Ethics.
h. identify, organize and format relevant clinical reference materials for chairside use that support patient assessment procedures and application of departmental policies and procedures. As applicable, add to your ePortfolio.

3. Describe the principles and consistently demonstrate accurate techniques of instrument sharpening and maintenance for files and other area-specific dental instruments.

4. Demonstrate professionalism and communication skills using correct terminology and vocabulary necessary to discuss the oral health treatment plan and procedures with patients, peers, and other health care professionals and health care teams to foster wellness and healthy behaviors.

5. In a pre-clinic and/or clinic setting with progressively more complex patient oral health dental hygiene therapy(ies) needs, continue to accurately and consistently develop skills in all Student Outcomes from DHYG 301.

6. In all settings, consistently and accurately self-assess your application of dental hygiene theory and techniques in patient assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment planning, radiology, treatment documentation and dental hygiene skills to develop the ability to assess yourself, and if applicable, your healthcare team to confirm and verify quality patient care. (Quality patient care parameters will vary from patient to patient.)

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