2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 273 Oral Disease Prevention and Cariology I (2 credits)

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

Course Description
Introduction to the basic principles of dental disease prevention. The relationship between cariology and preventive oral health concepts are introduced. An integrated component is scientific inquiry of quantitative and qualitative data using American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.

Student Outcomes
1. Define, spell, and utilize all preventive terminology presented in this course.
2. Correctly explain the relationship between the application of current oral disease concepts and practices, early detection and prevention and treatment modalities
3. Accurately describe the relationship of dental plaque biofilm to systemic and oral diseases.
4. Accurately describe the etiology, development, and relevance of dental deposits and stains.
5. Correctly explain and discuss the rationale for oral physiotherapy aids and demonstrate proper application and usage.
6. Correctly state the purposes, indications, and contraindications for all categories of oral physiotherapy aids.
7. Develop, present, and provide a written report on an oral physiotherapy aid’s project.
8. Accurately identify agents in dentifrices that are being used or researched for caries, calculus, desensitizing, whitening, and gingivitis.
9. Accurately identify and discuss the therapeutic effectiveness of antimicrobial agents that are being used or researched for caries and gingivitis.
10. Accurately describe dental caries pathogenesis, describe the etiology, list contributing factors, and discuss their significance.
11. Correctly define caries risk assessment categories and identify clinical management protocol.
12. Demonstrate clinical proficiency while using disclosing solution in the identification of oral plaque biofilms.
13. Demonstrate clinical proficiency in the identification of supragingival calculus
14. Demonstrate clinical proficiency in the application of appropriate techniques for physiotherapy aids, dentifrices, mouth rinses, and oral irrigators.
15. Demonstrate clinical proficiency utilizing caries activity testing in the determination of caries risk assessment.
16. In a lab setting, consistently describe, identify and/or demonstrate competent skills to a clinically acceptable level the use of a caries detection devices using correct technique and as part of the diagnostic process for occlusal decay.
17. Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of scientific research by accessing online and library resources.

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