Dental Hygiene 2

Course Details

Course Number: 3003  Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 109-110, 112 & Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic

Days & Times:

Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:20
Monday      1:00 -  2:50   

Course Attachments


Clinical Practice Of The Dental Hygienist  ISBN: 978-0-7817-6322-6

Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice  ISBN: 978-1-4160-5357-6

Oral Health Education  ISBN: 0-13-109051-8

MSU Faculty Member
Martha Crump   
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Course Objectives

     This course focuses on the fundamental knowledge base necessary to instruct dental patients in prevention of oral diseases with a study of professional and patient utilized plaque removal techniques and aids as they apply to various age groups of patients, use of fluorides, care of hypersensitive teeth, and cleaning of dental appliances.  An examination of common physiological characteristics of various age groups is conducted, with emphasis placed on how these factors might affect treatment.  This course includes discussion and analysis of the patient/health care provider relationship regarding ethical and legal responsibilities of each.  The initial class sessions as well as the specially scheduled clinical sessions focus toward treatment of the first patient to be appointed with the student.  Patient selection is carefully monitored to insure the compatibility of the patient’s needs with the skills and knowledge base attained by the student clinicians. 
     1.  Individual treatment planning is an essential part of dental hygiene care.
     2.  Certain physiologic conditions exhibit manifestations in the oral cavity.
     3.  Thorough plaque removal and the use of fluorides are essential factors in preventive dental care.
     4.  Health care providers owe certain duties to their patients.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:                                                                                                                                                             Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
     1.  Describe the proper procedures involved in management of the oral conditions of patients across the “life span” dependent upon their physiological status and specific dental needs.
     2.  Develop treatment plans for Class 1, Class 2, and Class 2+ clinical patients.
     3.  Recommend and demonstrate appropriate plaque removal techniques, and select appropriate
         dental care products for individual patients according to age and oral conditions.
     4.  Select and demonstrate the proper procedures for cleaning dental appliances and dental implants.
     5.  Discuss fluoride in regards to systemic versus topical actions, methods of administration caries reducing abilities, metabolism in the human body, toxicity, fluorosis, and use in desensitization.
     6.  Describe the legal relationship between the health care provider and the patient in terms of the  ADHA Code of Ethics, the “patient’s bill of rights”, and the concept of  “reasonable care”as  defined by law.

Course Expectations

     During National Dental Health Month (February) each student will be required to assist/participate
     with the Senior students in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a dental health program
     for designated area groups. Typewritten (double spaced) reports will be submitted for grading purposes. 
     The grade received for this project will count as one test grade for Dental Hygiene 2.

     During the semester you will be expected to attend a minimum of two (2) professional presentations
     outside of regularly scheduled dental hygiene courses.  You will develop a portfolio including the
     following information: 1) certificates of attendance (if provided); 2) dates, locations and hours of attendance;
     3) presenter (including all professional titles and certifications); 4) copies of all course notes/materials
     provided (if applicable).  This portfolio will continue to be developed as you progress through the Dental
     Hygiene Program. It is expected that upon successful completion of the requirements of the  Dental  Hygiene  program, and following graduation, this portfolio will provide an accurate assessment of extra-curricular professional development for the individual.

Grading Standards

Either three or four exams will be given for this course.  The number of exams will depend upon the
     amount of material covered by the class during the semester.  All exams will be based on the written
     objectives for the class sessions involved, and each may be comprehensive from the first class session.   
     The Junior 2nd  Semester Final Examination is a 4 hour examination which will serve as the final exam
     for each of the courses offered in the 2nd  semester of the dental hygiene curriculum: Dental Hygiene 2
     (DNHY 3003), Periodontology (DNHY 3005), Oral Radiology II (DNHY 3102) and Pharmacology (DNHY 4103).  
     This format, rather than utilizing individual final exams, will more effectively assess the student's
     ability to combine didactic and clinical content, utilize critical thinking skills, and aid in preparing
     the student for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam. 
     Students missing an exam due to illness will be allowed to make up the exam on the DAY OF 
     their return to school.  No grade higher than a 90 will be given for make-up examinations. 
     Students will be allowed to make up only one (1) exam per semester.  This does not include the
     final exam.  Water bottles, cell phones, calculators or computers are not allowed during examinations. 
     Possession of any of these devices during an exam will be construed as academic dishonesty and
     will be dealt with accordingly.

     All tests as well as the School Presentation Project with the Seniors will count equally in weight,
     meaning that the grades will be averaged for a final course grade. 
     A grade of "C" is required for successful completion of this course.   
 A = 92-100      C = 75-82
 B = 83-91       D = 65-74 (Constitutes Failure of Course in Dental Hygiene)

Final Exam5/12/2011  8:00-12:00

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is critical in order to achieve the maximum benefits of this course.  Reviewing
     notes and the reading assignments without active participation in the course’s didactic and related
     clinical activities will not permit the student to adequately meet course objectives.  Therefore,
     Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of 1 absence.  In case of extreme illness and/or hospitalization,
     individual decisions may be made.  Students are responsible for all material presented in lecture as well
     as assigned reading.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any handouts or notes missed in class.

Other Policies

     Taping of class lectures will be permitted, but ONLY with PRIOR  APPROVAL of instructor.

     Cell phone use of any manner is extremely disruptive to your fellow classmates and to the faculty teaching your course.  Therefore the use of cell phones will not be tolerated, FOR ANY  REASON. If you utilize your cell phone without prior permission, your  phone will be confiscated for the remainder of the scheduled day.  Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be required to meet with the faculty and the chair of the Dental Hygiene Dept.  In case of emergencies, please notify spouses, family and friends to contact you via the program secretary at 397-4764.

     Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies
     with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of
     individuals in programs and activities.  MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals
     with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. 
     For assistance call (940) 397-4 618 or (940) 397- 4515.  It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.

     By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual
     property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall
     not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity,
     and for educational purposes.

     The following is excerpted from Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 10th Ed, by Esther M. Wilkins,
     Chapter 1: “Each dental hygienist represents the entire profession to the patient being served. 
     The dental hygienist’s expressed or demonstrated attitudes toward dentistry, dental hygiene, and other
     health professions, as well as toward health services and preventive measures, will affect the subsequent
     attitude of the patient toward other dental hygienists and dental hygiene care in general.”
     “A dental hygienist may be involved in a variety of moral, ethical, and legal situations as part of the
     daily routine.”

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.