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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: D H 55A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Recognize common oral lesions of either local or systemic origin.
  • Describe oral lesions using appropriate terminology, stating etiology, clinical features, pathogenesis and dental implications.
  • Describe the differential diagnosis of oral lesions based on reasonable, accurate appraisal of all available information.
Description -
Pathology of the head, neck, and oral structures. Developmental conditions caries, diseases of bacterial and viral origin, neoplasms of the oral cavity. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. Recognize deviations(lesions) from normal in an oral exam
  2. Describe the deviations(lesions) using appropriate terminology
  3. Identify pertinent questions to ask the patient when assessing the deviations(lesions)
  4. Discuss the the clinical signs and symptoms of different oral lesions
  5. Develop a differential diagnosis for different oral lesions
Preventive,Therapeutic and Supportive Dental Hygiene Procedures
  1. Given epidemiologic factors,discuss cultural and racial tendencies
  2. Make appropriate referrals for consulation and treatment
  3. Integrate referral mechanisms into dental hygiene practice
Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. assess the value of the dental hygienist in oral pathology
  2. exhibit professionalism in performing all assignments.
  3. assess the value of cultural diversity in oral diseases
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 hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  2. In health education strategies for the prevention of disease & the promotion of health for individual clients and the community.
  3. In infection & hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  4. In the ethical & legal principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Lecture room
Multimedia equipment

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Dental Hygiene Process of Care:
  1. White lesions
  2. Red and pigmented lesions
  3. Oral ulcerations
  4. Vesticulobullae and desquamative lesions
  5. Intra-oral soft tissue swellings
  6. Soft tissue swellings of face and neck
  7. Radiographic lesions
  8. Neurologic and functional disorders
  9. Dental defects
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes,
  2. Midterm and final examination including both objective and essay questions.
Representative Text(s) -
DeLong et al. General and Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2011

Disciplines -
Dental Technology
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Oral presentations
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly required readings from the chapters in the textbook
  2. Writing assignment which is a research report on an oral lesion of the student's choice