Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:20
Monday 1:00 - 2:50
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.
SCHOOL PRESENTATION PROJECT
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.
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)
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,
MORE THAN 2 ABSENCES FOR ANY REASON WILL RESULT IN THE FINAL COURSE GRADE BEING LOWERED ONE FULL LETTER GRADE.
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.
RECORDING OF CLASS LECTURES:
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.
THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:
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.
ETHICS AND PERSONAL VALUES
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