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DEN 202 - Dental Hygiene IV

Comprehensive clinical experience in all phases of dental hygiene practice.  Students are prepared for entry level Dental Hygiene Practice. 


Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisites:  DEN 201 Dental Hygiene III, DEN 203 Pain Management in Dentistry, DEN 204 General and Oral Pathology, DEN 205 Periodontology, DEN 206 Dental Pharmacology and DEN 209 Dental Nutrition

Corequisites:  Prior or Concurrent:  DEN 213W Community Dental Health, DEN 214 Current Topics in Dental Hygiene, ENG 220 Communicating About Ideas and Values, SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 5.5
2 Class Hours, Clinical Hours: 12 hrs/week for 15 weeks
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Define and demonstrate the process of periodontal screening and recording.
  2. Demonstrate and be proficient in the use of an intraoral camera.
  3. Define/discuss the rationale for advanced ultrasonic instrumentation.
  4. Complete a DH IV project; which consists of comprehensive non-surgical periodontal treatment and necessary nutrition counseling to a patient.
  5. Explain the principles of panoramic projections.
  6. Explain the rationale for air polishing.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in the clinical care of a pediatric patient.
  8. Explain the concepts of cephalometric tracings.
  9. Explain/identify the warning signs of elder abuse and discuss how to report suspected abuse.
  10. Gain the appropriate skills to prepare a cover letter and resume.
  11. To treat patients while meeting objectives set forth in the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual.

Intended Learning Outcome:

Through lecture, guest speakers and practical application in a clinical setting, students will become proficient in providing patients with all aspects of care based on the Dental Hygiene Process of Care including, but not limited to, advanced instrumentation, local anesthesia, oral irrigation, non-surgical periodontal therapy, nutrition counseling, phase microscopy and case presentation.  Students will continue developing proficiency in all radiographic techniques, as well as further implementation of computer technology during patient treatment.  This prepares students for clinical and written licensing exams as well as entry level dental hygiene employment.