DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I

4 Credits

Introduction to dental hygiene practice including professionalism, infection control, medical history, vital signs, oral inspection, preventive oral health, oral accretions, technique for oral prophylaxis and medical emergencies.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 6 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval: admission to program.

DENT-1311 Dental Anatomy, Histology & Embryology

2 Credits

Study of the form, function and comparative anatomy of primary and permanent teeth, tooth numbering, and dentition periods. Embryologic development of the face, neck, orofacial structures and teeth. Histologic study of the gingiva, oral mucosa and attachment apparatus.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I.

DENT-1320 Dental Hygiene Fundamentals

1 Credit

Reinforcement of first term clinical skills with an emphasis on radiographic technique, principles of instrumentation and patient assessment.

Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I; and concurrent enrollment in DENT-1330 Radiology; and concurrent enrollment in DENT-1311 Dental Anatomy, Histology & Embryology; and departmental approval.

DENT-1330 Radiology

3 Credits

History and development of x-ray, its nature and properties. Safety precautions and uses of x-ray in dentistry. Theory and practice in fundamentals of oral radiographic technique. Image receptor placement, tube angulation, processing, scanning, mounting and interpretation of images. Film, digital sensor, phosphor plate and panoramic exposures. Students will expose image receptors on a manikin. Consists of lecture modules of instruction correlated with weekly laboratory modules.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I.

DENT-1341 Foundational Principles of Dental Hygiene Practice

1 Credit

Study of ethical, moral and professional topics in Dental Hygiene. Introduction to ethical theories and principles related to patient care and decision-making models. Exploration of ethical dilemmas through applied case scenarios. Discussion and application of required policies and procedures related to the health and safety of the dental hygienist and patient.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, or acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program.

DENT-1400 Preventive Oral Health Services II

5 Credits

Implementation of preventive oral health. Students provide oral health treatments to clients in the dental hygiene clinic. Topics include the special needs of patients with oral rehabilitation, pain management, geriatric concerns, oral cancer, handicaps, mental disorders, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 12 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I.

DENT-1410 Current Concepts in Dental Materials

2 Credits

Physical properties of dental materials and basic principles of their preparation. Application of principles of dental materials by manipulating cements, bases, liners, amalgam, impression materials, composites, bonding and sealant materials in laboratory setting.

Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I.

DENT-1420 Periodontics I

2 Credits

Study of anatomy and histology of periodontium in health and disease. Focus on pathogenesis of various classifications of gingival and periodontal diseases: microbiological, host response, local and systemic risk factors. Contemporary periodontal adjuncts considered. Major research paper required.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1300 Preventative Oral Health Services I.

DENT-1431 Head and Neck Anatomy

2 Credits

Study of structure and function of head and neck. General anatomy of the skull, related muscles, vascular and nerve supply and lymphatics of the region considered. Focus on muscles of mastication and their relationship to the temporomandibular joint; facial and trigeminal nerves and their relationship with dental injections. Discussion on spread of infection and its clinical manifestations.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I

DENT-1440 General and Oral Pathology

2 Credits

General principles of pathology including, inflammation, neoplasia, metabolic and endocrine disturbances, and other systemic diseases affecting the general and oral health of the patient.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1311 Dental Anatomy, Histology & Embryology and DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I.

DENT-2100 Dental Hygiene Clinical Skills Reinforcement

1-2 Credits

Designed for students desiring to improve dental hygiene clinical skills. Emphasis on the reinforcement of assessment, instrumentation, calculus detection and removal, radiographic techniques and medical emergency situations. Possible offsite clinical outreach experience included. Also appropriate for licensed hygienist returning to the workforce or students requiring remediation of skills prior to sitting for a clinical board examination.

Laboratory: 3-6 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1300 Preventive Oral Health Services I, or departmental approval.

DENT-2200 Local Anesthesia and Pain Management

2 Credits

Study of anatomy, pharmacological and psychological aspects, systemic complications and medical emergencies related to pain management in the dental environment. Laboratory experience in the administration of local anesthesia.

Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1431 Head and Neck Anatomy, or departmental approval.

DENT-2300 Preventive Oral Health Services III

5 Credits

Continuation of the study and clinical application of the principles involved in the provision of oral prophylaxis and periodontal treatment, exposure of radiographs, application of preventive therapeutics and the development of individualized self-care education plans. Case Presentation in verbal and written form.

Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 12 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1400 Preventive Oral Health Services II.

DENT-2321 Periodontics II

1 Credit

Study of advanced non-surgical and surgical treatment modalities and treatment planning for periodontal diseases. Additionally, presentation on dental implants, occlusal effects on the periodontium, periodontal emergencies and the human immunodeficiency virus and its clinical manifestations.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1420 Periodontics I, and BIO-2500 Microbiology, or departmental approval.

DENT-2332 Pharmacology and Therapeutics

2 Credits

Discussion of pharmacological effects of drugs and anesthetics, adverse reactions, and their usual indications and contraindications for preopertive and postoperative client care. Overview of agents used specifically for pain management and medical emergencies presented, referencing the health history and dental hygiene assessment for treatment protocols.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1400 Preventive Oral Health Services II, and BIO-2500 Microbiology.

DENT-2340 Community Oral Health I

1 Credit

Study of principles of public health dentistry. Research design as it relates to scientific journal articles. Concepts of biostatistics, public health promotion, prevention of oral diseases, and dental health education. Review of special needs programs and public health dental care approach to preventive dentistry. Community service exit requirement for graduation.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-1400 Preventive Oral Health Services II.

DENT-2400 Preventive Oral Health Services IV

5 Credits

Continuation of clinical experience integrating social and basic sciences within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Emphasis on professionalism, time management, and advanced Dental Hygiene Techniques. Incorporation of nutritional counseling procedures.

Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 12 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-2300 Preventive Oral Health Services III, and DIET-1220 Nutrition for Dental Hygiene.

DENT-2440 Community Oral Health II

1 Credit

Review of concepts introduced in Community Oral Health I. Revision of principles of public health dentistry. Concepts of program planning, epidemiology, and organization of dental care delivery system. Research design as it relates to the planning, implementing, and evaluating a community outreach project. Community service exit requirement for graduation from Dental Hygiene program.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-2340 Community Oral Health I.

DENT-2820 Independent Study/Research in Dental Hygiene

1-3 Credits

Directed individual advanced study. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

DENT-2990 Dental Hygiene Practice

1 Credit

Capstone course in Dental Hygiene. Preparation for entry into the dental hygiene profession. Topics include seeking and preparing for employment, obtaining a dental hygiene license, legal and ethical concerns of dental hygiene practice, aspects of practice management and planning for the future.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): DENT-2300 Preventive Oral Health Services III.