Catalog 2016-2017 
    Dec 18, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DHYG 121 Preventive Dentistry

2 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

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
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