Catalog 2017-2018 
    Jan 18, 2019  
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DENT 115 Oral Science

3 credits

Students are introduced to basic dental sciences including Oral Anatomy, Tooth Morphology & Oral Microbiology. The course focuses on the healthy, normal end of the health/disease continuum & provides a foundation for further dental science study.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Dental Assistant program.

Quarters Offered: Fall, Spring

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Communication.

This course teaches to the global outcome of Teamwork.

This course teaches to the global outcome of Information Literacy.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Define key terms related to oral anatomy, tooth morphology, and microbiology
  • Identify the anatomic landmarks of the oral cavity
  • Identify the salivary glands and ducts
  • Identify the types of oral mucosa
  • Identify the four types of teeth, describe the design and specialized functions of each type, and classify them as anterior or posterior teeth
  • Describe the Universal numbering system, the Federation Dentaire International two-digit tooth-recording system, and the Palmer system
  • Define the terms related to tooth morphology including:  the Curve of Spee, the names of the surfaces of the teeth, contours and contacts, overbite and overjet, embrasure and occlusal form and the physiology of occlusion
  • Identify the number and types of teeth in the primary dentition; state the specialized functions of the primary dentition
  • Compare the primary and permanent dentition in terms of:  numbers and types of teeth; size and shape of similar types of teeth
  • Identify each of the permanent and primary teeth in terms of:  number of cusps and roots, and unusual anatomic landmarks
  • Given an extracted tooth, or a typodont tooth, identify the following:  the type of tooth; whether it is an anterior or posterior tooth; and if it has an incisal edge or an occlusal surface
  • Identify the following terms:  aerobes, anaerobes, asepsis, epidemiology, microorganisms, pathogen and sepsis
  • Describe the main shapes of bacteria and differentiate between aerobes and anaerobes
  • Describe how some bacteria protect themselves against adverse conditions by forming capsules and spores and state the problems caused by this microbial defense system
  • State potential means of disease transmission in the dental office and list the microorganisms which are of particular concern
  • Describe the universal precautions used for every patient to prevent disease transmission
  • Describe the microbial etiology of oral disease

Total Hours: 30 Lecture Hours: 30