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Effective: Summer 2011
D A 56DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION1 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will evaluate the oral hygiene status of a patient and choose an appropriate course of action and assist the patient in achieving optimal oral hygiene. A case study scenario must be evaluated by the student and select the appropriate course of action.
  • The student will be able to evaluate new oral hygiene techniques and products using credible resources and evidence based dentistry. A supplemental aid product will be researched, presented and demonstrated with 75% accuracy.
Description -
Principles of patient motivation and education; etiology, process and prevention of dental decay and periodontal disease; design and management of a plaque control program, brushing, flossing, adjunctive aids; dietary counseling for caries risk. Intended for students in the dental assisting program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Assisting Theory & Practice
  1. describe the oral and written teaching-learning processes used in motivating the dental patient.
  2. describe in lay terms, the process of dental decay, periodontal disease and the methods of prevention.
  3. explain the formation of soft and hard deposits on the tooth surfaces.
  4. describe and demonstrate the various accepted methods of tooth brushing.
  5. describe and demonstrate the accepted methods of interdental aids or other oral hygiene techniques.
  6. describe clinical adaptations of flossing and brushing techniques.
  7. identify the appropriate oral hygiene aids for restorative and prosthetic restorations.
  8. list and describe the types of anti-cariogenic agents used in dentistry.
  9. describe the advantages, disadvantages and systemic effects of all types of fluoride in the control of dental diseases.
  10. explain the importance of dietary analysis in relationship to tooth decay.
  11. describe caries risk assessment management system
Infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management
  1. demonstrate how to avoid cross contamination when giving oral hygiene instructions to a patient.
Ethical and Legal Principles
  1. list and describe the accepted methods of chairside oral instruction which can be utilized to reach dental patients of various educational or socioeconomic levels.
  2. recognize appropriate documentation of patient compliance or non-compliance in the treatment records.
Foothill College Dental Assisting Program Competencies
  1. dental Assisting Theory & Practice: dental assisting students must be competent in applying the theory and practice of dental assisting for persons of all ages and abilities.
  2. infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management: dental assistants must possess the knowledge and abilities to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  3. ethical and Legal Principles: dental assisting students must be competent in understanding ethical/legal principles as applied to the dental office.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Oral and written teaching-learning processes used in motivating the dental patient
    1. Motivation
    2. Learning ladder
      1. Direct observation
      2. Demonstration
      3. Immediate feedback
      4. Positive reinforcement
      5. Evaluation and follow-up
    3. Age factor
  2. Process of dental decay, periodontal disease and the methods of prevention
    1. Caries process
    2. Gingivitis
    3. Periodontitis
    4. Plaque control theory
    5. Disclosing
    6. Prescription and over-the-counter antimicrobial agents
  3. Formation of soft and hard deposits on the tooth surfaces
    1. Dental pellicle
    2. Dental plaque
    3. Calculus
  4. Accepted methods of tooth brushing
    1. Manual toothbrushes
    2. Powered toothbrushes
    3. Brushing techniques
  5. Accepted methods of interdental aids or other oral hygiene techniques
    1. Dental floss
    2. Tongue cleaners
    3. Interdental brushes
    4. Rubber tip stimulator/Stimudents/Perio aid
    5. Oral irrigation
    6. End tuft toothbrush
    7. Orthodontic brush
  6. Clinical adaptations of flossing and brushing techniques
    1. Children
    2. Intellectually handicapped
    3. Physically handicapped
    4. Xerostomia
  7. Oral hygiene aids for restorative and prosthetic restorations
    1. Superfloss
    2. Gauze/Yarn
    3. Floss threaders
    4. Floss devices
    5. Denture brush
    6. Partial and denture care
  8. Anti-cariogenic agents used in dentistry
    1. Prescription and over-the-counter fluoridated toothpastes
    2. Prescription and over-the-counter fluoridated mouthrinses
  9. Fluoride
    1. Advantages
    2. Disadvantages
    3. Systemic effects
    4. Recommended fluoride doses
    5. Fluoride products
  10. Dietary analysis in relationship to tooth decay
    1. Dietary sources that promote tooth decay
    2. Relationship of bacteria to tooth decay
  11. describe caries risk assessment management system
    1. saliva and bacterial testing
    2. caries risk assessment form
    3. determining caries risk
    4. preventive procedures
Infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management
  1. Infection control and oral hygiene instruction
    1. Personal protective equipment
    2. Patient instruction
Ethical and Legal Principles
  1. Appropriate documentation of patient compliance or non-compliance in the treatment records
    1. Writing in the treatment record
    2. Risk management and documentation

Students attend a dental health fair and submit a paper following the fair for unloaded hours. Students also keep a reflection journal.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes
  2. Midterm and final exam
  3. Assignments
  4. Supplemental aid presentation and report
Representative Text(s) -
Bird, D.L., Robinson, D.S., Modern Dental Assisting, 9th Edition, Philadelphia, PA, Saunders/Elsevier, 2009.
Bird, D.L., Robinson, D.S., Workbook to Modern Dental Assisting, 9th Edition, Philadelphia, PA, Saunders/Elsevier, 2009.
Miyasaki, C.M., Dental Health Education Syllabus, Revised 2009, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA.

Disciplines -
Dental Assisting
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Field trips.
 
Lab Content -
No lab for this course. Students attend a dental health fair and submit a paper following the fair for unloaded hours. Students also keep a reflection journal.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Supplemental aid report
  2. Read 2 chapters and do workbook assignments in textbook
  3. Read and take online test for online continuing education online at Proctor and Gamble educational website.