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Effective: Summer 2015

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
1 hour lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will correctly demonstrate the intra-oral exam procedure of inspection and palpation of the oral cavity including: digital, bidigital, manual and bimanual palpation techniques using gauze and a mouth mirror.
  • Students can research a dental hygiene product and present it to the class.
Description -
Introduction to the profession of dental hygiene. Emphasis on dental terminology, communication skills, licensure requirements and clinical and lab techniques related to dental hygiene clinical practice. Discussion of the requirements for the dental hygiene program. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. Identify the gross structures of the head, neck, and oral cavity and the normal range of clinical appearance for each
  2. Outline the procedure for performing the intraoral examination including then normal range of clinical appearance for each
  3. Demonstrate digital, bidigital, bimanual, and bilateral forms of palpation
  4. Perform an intraoral examination on a student partner identifying anatomical structures of the head and oral cavity

Health Education Strategies:
  1. Exhibit professionalism in his/her correspondence with faculty and fellow classmates
  2. Compare and contrast associate degree dental hygiene programs with baccalaureate degree programs..
  3. Deliver an oral presentation on a topic related to DH 200 following the guidelines established by the instructor

Infection & Hazard Control Procedures
  1. Identify basic concepts involved in infectious disease control in the dental setting.
  2. Describe pathways of cross contamination that can occur in the dental setting.
  3. Identify precautions dental care personnel should routinely use to ensure protection against exposure to infectious diseases.
  4. Identify OSHA regulations as they relate to infection control in the dental environment.
  5. Disinfect the dental unit and apply barriers according to clinic protocol.

Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. Discuss the 6 professional roles of a dental hygienist developed by the American Dental Hygienists Association.
  2. Explain the role of the ADHA in promoting the profession of Dental Hygiene.
  3. Identify clinical procedures that dental hygienists can legally perform in the state of California.
  4. Differentiate direct supervision duties from general supervision duties as they relate to dental hygiene practice.

Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies
Our graduates will be competent:
  1. In assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive dental care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  2. In health education strategies for the prevention of disease and promotion of health for individual clients and community.
  3. In infection and hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  4. In the ethical and legal principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Safety glasses, gloves, mask, clinical facilities to provide supervised clinical procedures, laboratory facilities with individualized student work areas.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, also on-going access to computer with e-mail software and hardware; e-mail address. Students must participate in lab sessions located on Foothill campus.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Profession of Dental Hygiene
    1. baccalaureate versus associate degree dental hygiene programs
    2. American Dental Hygienist Association Code of Ethics
    3. Five roles of the dental hygienist
  2. Licensure
    1. Dental Practice Act
    2. National Board Examination
    3. State Board Examination
  3. Clinical Dental Hygiene
    1. Various settings in which dental hygienists practice
    2. Clinical role of the dental hygienist
    3. Oral presentation
  4. Extraoral and Intraoral Structures
    1. Anatomy
    2. Nomenclature
    3. Identification of landmarks
    4. Procedure for performing an intraoral examination
  5. Infection Control
    1. CDC versus OSHA
    2. procedure for disinfection of the dental operatory
    3. risk of occupational exposure to infectious diseases
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Assignments
  2. In class writing assignment
  3. Midterms
  4. Oral report
  5. Lab final
  6. Written final
  7. Attendance
Representative Text(s) -
Nield-Gehrig. Patient Assessment Tutorials . Lippincott,Williams and Wilkins, 2009

When taught via Etudes NG, supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered via e-mail; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via e-mail; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, listserves, and newsgroups.

Disciplines -
Dental Hygiene
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory.
Lab Content -
  1. Infection Control Procedure
  2. Identification of Oral Anatomy
  3. Extra/Intraoral Exam Procedure
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Weekly reading assignments, online dental education courses, journal article analysis.