Dental Hygiene


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  • Course Descriptions

    DH 303. Professional Writing. Techniques and practice in intermediate composition strategies, including development, research and analysis. A study of rhetoric in health care and methods for adapting to the needed rhetorical situation by the hygienist. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 305. Dental Hygiene Instrumentation. Development and application of the fundamentals of instrumentation. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)

    DH 309. Dental Anatomy and Occlusion. A study of dental anatomy and physiology. Focus is on developmental and anatomical differences among teeth, root morphology and anomalies, and includes an introduction to static and dynamic occlusion. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 311. Current Trends in Preventive Care. Focuses on expanding the dental hygienist's understanding of primary prevent measures used to promote oral health. Included are biofilm control, an update on demineralization/remineralization, motivational interviewing, caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA), prevention for the oral cancer patient, treating dentinal sensitivity, oral malodor and current use of pit and fissure sealants. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 312. Primary Preventive Dentistry. Focuses on the science and practice of preventive dental care. The etiology and associated risk factors of common oral diseases are presented. The measures that promote oral health and prevent disease are emphasized: tooth brushing, toothpastes, and mouth rinses, interproximal cleaning, diet modification, fluorides, sealants and oral risk assessments. Also included are health promotion theories and prevention of oral disease in various life stages. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 313. Radiology I. Study of radiology and its use in dentistry as a diagnostic aid. Theories of exposure, processing, evaluation and interpretation of normal and abnormal structures are taught for both digital and film-based image capture. An emphasis is placed on normal anatomic structures viewed in periapical and panoramic surveys. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 315. ORAL HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY. A study of the histology of teeth and surrounding structures. A survey of the elements of embryology of the head and neck, especially related to the development of the teeth, dental arches, salivary glands, buccal mucosa, pharynx and tongue. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 316. Pathophysiology. A study of the pathology and oral health management of disease. Topics include functions of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems and how they relate to the disease process, along with the inflammatory process and immunologic response. Emphasizes normal and pathological responses to illness as related to the evaluation and treatment of the dental patient. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 317. Medical Emergencies Related to the Dental Office. A comprehensive study in the prevention, management, recognition, treatment and disposition of medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 318. Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice I. An introduction to the "Dental Hygiene Process of Care" with emphasis on professionalism, infection control, data collection protocol and patient assessment. Skills are practiced in a clinical setting. Upon successful completion of the lecture and laboratory sessions, students will apply knowledge and treat a patient in the dental hygiene clinic as part of the course completion. Prerequisite: DH 305 Corequisite: DH 312 (Lecture/Lab) (4 semester hours)

    DH 319. Pathophysiology/Special Needs Patients. A study of the pathology and oral health management of disease and injuries. Topics include functions of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems and how they relate to the disease process, along with the inflammatory process and immunologic response. Emphasizes normal and pathological responses to illness as related to the evaluation and treatment of the dental patient. Specific emphasis on dental hygiene care of patients with various systemic, mental, physical disorders and special needs. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    DH 321. Head and Neck Anatomy. A detailed study of the skeletal, muscular, vascular and neural features of the head and neck. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 326. Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice II. Expands on "Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice I" through additional lecture and laboratory sessions. Additional clinical procedures and practice will include nutritional counseling, sharpening of instruments, placement of chemotherapeutic and desensitizing agents, placement of sealants, caries detection techniques, use of ultrasonics and air polishers, and taking impressions for study models and bleaching trays. Prerequisites: Fall junior year courses. (Lecture/Lab) (2 semester hours)

    DH 327. Patient Care I. The development and application of clinical skills in assessment, care plans, implementation and evaluation of care.  Corequisite: DH 326 (Clinical rotation) (2 semester hours) 

    DH 328. Radiology II. Expands the student's knowledge of the didactic portion of DH 313 "Radiology I." Radiographic surveys via the paralleling technique are exposed and evaluated. Panoramic radiographs are also exposed. (Lecture/Lab) (2 semester hours)

    DH 331. Periodontics I. An introduction to periodontics. The focus is on biological and clinical aspects of  periodontology  including  histopathology,  etiology, diagnosis  and  treatment  planning  of  periodontal  diseases. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 332. Scientific Foundations. A study of the functions of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems and how they relate to the disease process. The inflammatory process including the immunologic response and healing will be included. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 336. BIOMATERIALS OF DENTISTRY. Introduction to biomaterials employed in dentistry. Techniques and materials utilized in the clinical environment will be practiced in the "Dental Hygiene Theory I" lab. Prerequisites: All courses in previous semester. Corequisites: All courses in junior spring semester. (Lecture) (2 semester hours) 

    DH 337. Anxiety and Pain Management. Methods used to control pain, fear and anxiety in the dental office. Including the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen analgesia. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

    DH 400. Introduction to Research. An introduction to research design emphasizing systematic investigation involving human subjects as it relates to data collection, analysis and interpretation of findings. Emphasis on critical review of dental hygiene research studies and their application to clinical practice. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 401. Research Methods. An introduction to research design emphasizing systematic investigation involving human subjects as it relates to data collection, analysis and interpretation of findings. The course is intended to critically review current dental hygiene research culminating in a literature review on a specific topic. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    DH 405. Patient Care II. Students  will  expand  on  the  application  of  patient  care  to  a  diversified population. Emphasis on establishing competence in preventive and therapeutic procedures. Prerequisites: DH 326 and DH 327; Corequisite: DH 418 (Clinical rotation) (3 semester hours) 

    DH 412. Pharmacology. A study of drug actions and their mechanisms when introduced to the body under specific conditions and the reactions of the body to these drugs. Special emphasis is placed on pharmacological knowledge that will provide more effective care of the patient by the dental hygienist. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 416. Oral Pathology. This course is a study of the definition, distribution, causality, resolution and outcomes of pathological conditions affecting the head and neck with emphasis on the oral and perioral areas. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 418. Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice III. Expand on the "Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice" courses with continued discussion on theoretical, practical and ethical concepts in dental hygiene. Specific emphasis on dental hygiene care of patients with various systemic, mental, physical disorders and/or special needs will be covered. Prerequisites: All courses in previous semester. Corequisites: All courses in the senior fall semester. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 428. Dental Hygiene Case Studies. Current technology used to prepare and present multimedia presentations regarding selected dental hygiene clinical scenarios. A component of the course involves legal and ethical issues that arise in clinical practice. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    DH 429. Practice Management. Dental office practice and procedures, including the importance of business methods in a profession; record systems, including computer applications, accounting and collection of fees; resume development; and interviewing skills. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 430. Advanced Practice Management. A study of the delivery of client-centered care practice while emphasizing business methods, records systems, accounting and collection of fees, economics, conflict management and accommodations to the evolving health care system. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    DH 431. Periodontics II. Builds on the foundation knowledge presented in "Histology and Periodontology" with emphasis on recognition, therapeutic surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. Prerequisites: DH 331 and DH 327 (Lecture) (2 semester hours) 

    DH 432. Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice IV. Theoretical, practical and ethical concepts in dental hygiene. Focus on dental/dental hygiene specialties and subspecialties. Dental practice acts, and state and regional licensing differences. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)