Dental Hygiene


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  • Course Descriptions - Entry-level Traditional

    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 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 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 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 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 407. Pharmacology I. This course presents introductory principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. Characteristics and uses of major drug groups in relation to patient care are discussed. Traditional Lecture (1 semester hour)

    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 420. Pain and Anxiety Management. The course describes method used to control pain, fear, and anxiety in the dental office. The safe and effective administration of nitrous oxide sedation and administration of local anesthesia is covered. (2 semester hours).

    DH 421. Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene I. This course provides students with a practical knowledge of the research process and serves as an introduction to research design.  Primary emphasis consist of critical reviews of dental hygiene research studies and their application to clinical practice. (Lecture) (1 semester hour).

    DH 426. Pharmacology II.  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. Traditional Lecture (2 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 431. Periodontics II. Builds on the foundation knowledge presented in Periodontics I with emphasis on recognition, therapeutic surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. Prerequisites: DH 331 (Lecture) (1 semester hour) 

    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) 

    DH 433. PATIENT CARE III. A continuation of comprehensive patient care services with emphasis on establishing entry-level competence in preventive and therapeutic procedures. (Clinical rotation) (4 semester hours)

    DH 435. COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH I. Introduction to the history, principles and ethics of dental public health. Included are theories and techniques of health promotion and disease prevention, distribution of oral diseases, principles of dental epidemiology and the use of dental indexes. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

    DH 437. COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH II. A continuation of the didactic knowledge and skills obtained in DH 435 "Community Dental Health I." Selected readings, discussion and practical experiences related to planning, implementation and evaluation of the teaching/learning process in community settings will occur. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

    DH 438. ORAL HEALTH RESEARCH I. Research process exploration by extensive review of current literature and developing and presenting a case report. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

    DH 439. ORAL HEALTH RESEARCH II. A continuation of "Oral Health Research I." Review of the oral health literature on a periodontal, unique case or oral health topic resulting in a written and verbal presentation. Develop and present a table clinic at a professional meeting. Prerequisite: DH 438 (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

    DH 443. COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH III. An emphasis on promoting oral health in various settings is the focus of this course. Planning, implementation and evaluation of field work experiences across diverse populations will occur. (Lecture and Lab) (2 semester hours)

    DH 444. Practice Management and Dental Specialties. This course provides students with the legal, practical and ethical concepts in the provision of oral health care and the foundational concepts for the business aspects of the profession. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    DH 445. EVIDENCE-BASED DENTAL HYGIENE II. Designed to provide students with an opportunity to expand research knowledge in two dimensions: principles and applications. Students will develop evidence-based decision making skills for identifying, searching for, and interpreting scientific research that can be used in the delivery of patient care. The course will culminate with the development and presentation of a table clinic at a professional meeting. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    DH 446. CASE STUDIES. A review of the oral health literature related to patient care. Emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning and decision-making in the treatment of the periodontal or unique clinic patient, resulting in a written and verbal presentation. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)