2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 400 Dental Hygiene Theory and Nutrition (1.5 credits)

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

Course Description
The fifth in a series of eight linked courses to increase knowledge and comprehension of complex dental hygiene theory and science in order to facilitate the growth of advanced 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 theory and science from previously linked courses (DHYG 300, 310, 320) for clinical application in DHYG 401.
2. Record and organize steps for development of a dental hygiene diagnosis resulting in a patient care plan for dental hygiene therapy(ies).
3. Apply treatment planning models to develop and implement appropriate patient education and treatment based on individual patient caries risk assessment.
4. Determine the appropriate procedures for dental hygiene therapy on adult and pedodontic patients for maintenance of oral health or treatment of oral diseases classified by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).
5. Organize steps for development of a dental hygiene diagnosis resulting in a patient care plan for dental hygiene therapy(ies).
6. Demonstrate appropriate referral needs for any given patient or case presentation.
7. Demonstrate professional 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 health and health behavior.
8. 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.)
9. Review of basic nutrition including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, energy conversion, etc.
10. Review the processes of human digestion, absorption, transportation, and the metabolism of nutrients as it applies to oral health.
11. Identify and discuss the food sources and nutrients essential for the development of healthy bone and teeth.
12. Identify, assess and analyze food choices as it pertains to the caries or periodontal disease processes.
12. During a patient dietary counseling session in a clinical setting, create and communicate an individualized nutritional plan to promote health (oral) and to reduce the risk of caries and periodontal disease processes using the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA).

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