May 22, 2018
DHYG 121 Preventive Dentistry2 credits
This course introduces students to basic principles of dental diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. Students will learn concepts of preventive oral health, patient oral self-care, and ergonomics for the dental practitioner.
Prerequisites: DHYG 111 , DHYG 112 , DHYG 113 , DHYG 114 , DHYG 115 , DHYG 116 , DHYG 118 , DHYG 119 .
Corequisites: DHYG 122 , DHYG 123 , DHYG 124 , DHYG 127 , DHYG 137 , DHYG 139 .
Quarters Offered: Winter
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Explain the dental caries process and its treatment and prevention strategies
- Describe the three types of fluorides, their applications, and their relation to the caries process
- List and explain anti-microbial medicaments in the treatment of dental disease
- Describe the process of dentinal hypersensitivity and its treatment options
- Explain the importance of dental sealants and their application procedure for the prevention of dental caries
- Describe the processes, uses, and potential side effects of tooth whitening and coronal polish
- Identify the various intraoral stains, their etiology, and methods of removal
- Describe the basic principles of occlusion and their relationship to temporomandibular dysfunction
- Assess the patient’s individual needs and make appropriate recommendations for post-operative care for healing of the periodontal tissues
- Identify the requirements of special needs patients in the use of dental self- care aids
- Describe, properly utilize, and list the limitations of oral hygiene aids, such as tooth brush and floss
- Make appropriate recommendations to the dental patient regarding oral hygiene aids and medicaments after identifying the patient’s oral conditions
- Explain the importance of ergonomics for the dental practitioner and use the neutral position to aid in attaining career longevity