Sep 23, 2023  
2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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DHY 174 - Principles of Dental Hygiene

Last Date of Approval: spring 2020

5 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 30
Total Lab Hours: 90
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course introduces the students to the basic principles and theory of clinical dental hygiene. The course will cover the etiology of deposits and their effect on oral tissue. The student’s skill and performance in removal of deposits through instrumentation is emphasized utilizing hands on instruction and demonstration. This course is only offered to students who are accepted into the dental hygiene program. This course will help students develop knowledge of clinical dental hygiene and instrumentation skills. Students will use these skills to critically think as they evaluate and treat dental hygiene patients. This knowledge will be beneficial to the career of dental hygiene. 

Corequisites: DHY 114 , DHY 163 , DHY 121 
Mode(s) of Instruction: face to face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Course Materials: $850.00

Common Course Assessment(s): Competencies

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

  • Standard precautions during operatory setup and breakdown, the handling of instruments and during patient care to prevent disease transmission
  • The review of medical and dental histories and the recording of patient’s vital signs
  • Identifying dental disease
  • Use correct positioning of the patient and operator to achieve fundamental instrumentation techniques necessary for the complete removal of dental deposits
  • Professionalism in demeanor and judgment in the clinic

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