Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

DEN 201 - Dental Hygiene III

Continuation of patient care from DEN 102 Dental Hygiene II.  Integration of theory with clinical experience in various oral hygiene preventive and therapeutic procedures.  Emphasis on planning and execution of the total patient treatment (including tobacco cessation).  Students are required to provide direct patient care at off-campus community based clinics. 


Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisites:  DEN 102 Dental Hygiene II, DEN 106 Clinical Dental Radiography, DEN 107 Introduction to Periodontology, DEN 110W Dental Materials, BIO 132 Anatomy & Physiology II, CLT 208 Pathogenic Microbiology, CLT 209L Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory

Corequisite:  DEN 203 Pain Management in Dentistry

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. Perform a comprehensive head and neck exam, including an oral cancer screening, on all of his/her patients and be able to document properly significant clinical findings.
  2. Explain the incidence, predisposing factors, and treatment of the oral cancer patient.
  3. Exhibit developing proficiency in traditional and digital radiographic techniques on patients and be able to interpret basic landmarks and oral structures found on radiographs. 
  4. Recognize caries, restorative materials, incipient and advanced periodontal disease, endodontic therapy, root formation, retained roots, appliances and supernumerary teeth.
  5. Chart the patient’s mouth for periodontal and dental manifestations using conventional paper charting and computer software technology.
  6. Assess the patient’s need for a fluoride treatment and properly perform this treatment utilizing fluoride tray treatments or fluoride varnish treatments.
  7. Discuss the purpose, procedures, and treatment planning involved in the placement of dental sealants.
  8. Describe and provide proper patient management of the cancer patient.
  9. Treat patients while meeting objectives set forth in the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual.

Intended Learning Outcome:

This course integrates theory with clinical dental hygiene in various preventive and therapeutic procedures such as: assessments and treatment plans for total patient treatment and their performance on clinic patients, ultrasonic instrumentation, oral cancer screenings, dental/periodontal charting, radiographic interpretation, fluoride treatments, dental sealant placement, oral care for the cancer patient, and impression taking/study model/mouthguard fabrication.