Introduction to head and neck anatomy; dental nomenclature; primary and permanent tooth development, anatomy, function, terminology and occlusion will be included.
Dental Hygiene Courses
DH 115 - Oral, Head and Neck Anatomy
DH 121 - Oral Histology and Embryology
DH 135 - Dental Radiology
Theoretical information will be presented to enable the students to competently expose dental radiographs first on a mannequin, then on patients in the dental clinic and in private practice. Discussions will include the health, safety and welfare of both the operator and the patient.
DH 150 - Dental Auxiliary Practices
This lecture and preclinical course will include principles and utilization of chair-side dental assisting, dental laboratory skills, dental materials and dental specialties. This foundation and theory will provide a foundation which will increase students' proficiency level for the treatment of the dental patient.
DH 165 - Nutrition and Biochemistry in Dentistry
Introduction to the principles of human nutrition including energy metabolism with emphasis on carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and their action in the body particularly as related to oral health. Also included are the role of vitamins and minerals and the application of the relationship of food sources to oral health. In addition, students are introduced to the analysis of diets for patient evaluation and education.
DH 191 - Clinical Dental Hygiene I
Discussion will include basic principles, terminology, charting and practice of dental hygiene, disease prevention and dental health education. Students will develop manual skills necessary for instrumentations while performing preventive and therapeutic services. Legal, ethical and management aspects of total patient care will be discussed. Theory is used to support those procedures during clinical experiences.
DH 192 - Clinical Dental Hygiene II
This course is a continuation of DH 191. The focus is on preparing students to perform traditional dental hygiene clinical techniques. They learn about instrumentation (sharpening, designs and uses of dental hygiene instruments) and tooth examination through radiographs and digital intraoral photography. Students also learn about tooth treatments, including deposit and stain removal, selective coronal polishing, and fluoride applications. They prepare and use study models, learn about the care of removable dental prosthesis, and develop treatment plans in preparation for the clinical work in DH 293. Students are provided with the opportunity to practice learned clinical skills on peers.
DH 210 - Local Anesthesia
During this course, the dental hygiene student will be introduced to oro-facial anatomy, physiology and pathology, to the local anesthesia armamentarium and to anesthesia treatment and application. Additionally, the student will participate in hands-on application of oro-facial anesthesia administration in pre-clinic lab and clinical component settings.
DH 241 - Oral Pathology
Acquaints the dental hygiene student with oral anomalies manifested by development, metabolic disturbances and disease. Emphasis will be directed toward the recognition of these pathological conditions from direct observations of patients, radiographs and slides of pertinent structures.
DH 245 - Dental Pharmacology and Pain Management
Familiarizes the dental hygienist with the medications that patients may be taking and drugs that may be administered in the dental practice. It also will provide insight into the mechanism of drug action and interaction in the body. Anesthetics will be reviewed with a discussion of pain management techniques. The classification of different types of medications with examples and their uses will be discussed.
DH 247 - Periodontics
Encompasses the study of clinical and histological characteristics of normal, pathological and etiological factors of periodontal disease. Emphasis is placed on correlating basic sciences with clinical aspects of periodontics. Wound healing, various modes of periodontal therapy including surgical techniques and preventive maintenance will be addressed.
DH 271 - Community Dentistry
Principles of public health in relation to dental hygienist roles in providing health care to the community is addressed. Field assignments and/or community service in approved settings permit student participation in community health care planning and familiarization with patterns of comprehensive health care services and the appropriate dental team roles.
DH 293 - Clinical Dental Hygiene III
Continuation of DH 192, with emphasis on additional clinical techniques and patients with "special needs," along with examination of a variety of medical emergencies that may occur in the dental practice.
DH 294 - Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
DH 295 - Clinical Dental Hygiene V
Course work designed to prepare the Dental Hygiene student for the working world. Resume writing and job interview techniques will be taught. Career directions and the future of dental hygiene will be addressed. Clinical expertise will be refined in this course. Time management, in conjunction with total patient care, will be emphasized.