1. Identify and define the four central paradigm concepts for the dental
hygiene human needs conceptual model and the 11 human needs related to
Dental Hygiene care.
2. Identify the 5 phases of the dental hygiene care process assessment,
problem identification, planning, implementation and outcome evaluation
that a dental hygienist may perform in helping to meet client needs.
3. List the benefits of the DDS and RDH cooperating as colleagues to
integrate their respective regimens into a single comprehensive approach
to quality care as related to: client, disease pattern, economics and
4. Describe the value of collaboration between the dentist and dental
hygienists during education and practice.
5. Exhibit professionalism through personal appearance, attitude, and
conduct appropriate for the learning environment, as well as for rendering
6. Apply infection control techniques for prevention of disease
transmission through demonstration of proper pre-and-post appointment
operatory preparation procedures, instrument recirculation methods and
7. Obtain a complete health/dental history, case history and explain the
rationale and implication for each portion of the history form.
8. List the tissues composing the periodontium and their histologic
9. Describe the fibers and ligaments and their functions.
10. Define the types of bone including alveolar, cortical, and cancellous.
11. Describe normal, healthy clinical appearance of the gingivae and the
periodontal pathologic responses to infections.
12. Identify the etiological factors associated with periodontal diseases.
13. Describe the appropriate records and documentation of periodontal
14. Perform an exam and intraoral-examination and identify and describe
the normal range of clinical appearance for extra-and-intra-oral hard and
soft tissues and structures.
15. Demonstrate assessment skills designed to identify oral health in
order to plan treatment with the goal of delivering comprehensive dental
16. Apply principles of instrumentation for the proper use of the explorer
17. Demonstrate procedures and techniques for scaling and root planing
instruments used for implementation of initial periodontal therapy,
periodontal maintenance and oral prophylaxis with universal curets and
18. Demonstrate the ergonomic principles of operator positioning, patient
positioning, and instrumentation.
19. Perform procedures associated with evaluation of outcome following
implementation of dental hygiene care.
20. Apply the principles of infection control as identified by the
California Board of Dentistry, the Centers for Disease Control &
21. Implement the maintenance procedures for all dental equipment as
recommended by the manufacturer.
A. Overview of Dental Hygiene Process and Role of RDH in California
B. Dental Hygiene Human Needs Conceptual Model
C. Dental Hygiene Process
D. Collaborative Practice
1. Dental Specialties
2. General Practices
E. Inventory and identification of instruments and supplies
F. Equipment Operation and Maintenance
G. Prevention of Disease Transmission
1. Infection Control Protocol for Operatory (Pre/Post
2. Prevention of Cross Contamination/Cross Infection During
Dental Hygiene Procedures.
3. Instrument Recirculation Protocol
4. Central Sterilization Area
1. Introduction to Anatomy and Histology of the Periodontium
2. Introduction to Periodontal Disease Process
3. Periodontal Examination
4. Epidemiology of Periodontal Disease
5. Professional Mechanical Oral Hygiene Practices
I. Operator/Client Positioning
J. Dental Hygiene Ergonomics
K. Dental Hygiene Assessments
L. Health, Dental/Dental Hygiene and Social Histories
M. Instrumentation Fundamentals (Grasp and Fulcrum)
N. Positioning of Client/Operator, Fulcrums, Mirror Use and Options
O. Introduction to Techniques and Practice on Typodonts/Student
2. Explorers 3-A, 11-12
3. Universal Curets
P. Examination of the Teeth (Restorative Charting Practice)
Q. Introduction to Dental Hygiene Diagnosis and Formulation of Dental
Hygiene Care Plan
R. Implementation of Dental Hygiene Care Plan
S. Evaluation of Dental Hygiene Care Plan.
DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE, Darby, M. and Walsh, M.,
W.B. Saunders, 1995.
CLINICAL PRACTICE OF THE DENTAL HYGIENIST, 7th Ed.,Wilkins,
Lea & Febiger, 1990.
COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL HYGIENE CARE, Woodall, Irene, 4th Ed.,Mosby,