Mar 20, 2023
DHYG 310 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Theory & Science II (2 credits)
Prerequisite Current enrollment in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program.
The third in a series of eight linked courses to further develop foundational knowledge and comprehension of dental hygiene theory and science in order to facilitate the growth 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.
1. Continued development of theory and science from DHYG 300 for the clinical application in DHYG 311.
2. Develop dental hygiene theory and techniques in patient assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment planning, radiology, treatment documentation and dental hygiene therapy(ies).
3. Interpret patient interview and clinic assessment data to apply principles in cariology and periodontology in identifying caries risk and periodontal risk for individual patients in order to develop a dental hygiene treatment plan.
4. Apply treatment planning models to develop and implement appropriate patient education and treatment based on individual patient caries risk assessment.
5. 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.
6. Determine appropriate referral needs for any given patient or case presentation.
7. Describe the basic principles of instrumentation of the Nabor’s probe and area specific curets for the purpose of scaling and root planning.
8. Describe the principles of treatment planning for implementation of introductory root planing techniques on patients requiring this dental hygiene therapy.
9. 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.
10. Describe the principles of accurate techniques of instrument sharpening and maintenance for files and other area-specific dental instruments.
11. 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.
12. Register and initiate current required ePortfolio as directed by dental hygiene department.
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