At the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. Identify medical and dental precautions in patient treatment;
determine proper precautionary procedures (including consultation &
referral) and apply those procedures during treatment.
2. Apply current emergency procedures whenever necessary for the
3. Apply current accepted principles of infection control.
4. Integrate and perform all aspects of dental hygiene care on a
variety of patients at the SRJC dental hygiene clinic. Care will
include assessment procedures, recording (charting) of findings,
dental hygiene treatment planning, preventive procedures,
therapeutic procedures, adjunct therapies and follow up care
(including patient re-evaluation & maintenance).
Specifically the student will be able to:
5. Take and record patient medical, dental, and dental hygiene
6. Perform and record findings from extra and intraoral examinations.
7. Conduct and perform accurate periodontal & restorative examinations.
8. Apply the intraoral camera technique for patient education
9. Interpret radiographs in recognizing normal and abnormal
conditions of the oral cavity.
10. Request consultations for further medical or dental clarification
11. Establish dental hygiene treatment/care plans through case studies
12. Assess patient's needs for pain control procedures, administer such
procedures and identify and manage complications which may occur.
13. Perform appropriate preventive procedures on a variety of patients.
14. Determine, select and use the proper armamentarium used in oral
prophylaxis procedures, initial periodontal preparation, and
periodontal maintenance therapy on patients.
15. Demonstrate an ability to perform instrumentation procedures
ultrasonic scaling devices.
16. Detect and remove plaque, calculus, and altered cementum from
unattached tooth surfaces.
17. Perform the following skills: scaling and root planing gingival
curettage, administration of local anesthesia, margination
procedures, the placement of occlusal sealants, fluoride therapy,
expose and interpret radiographs, finish and polish restorations.
18. Perform dental hygiene services for patients at extramural dental
19. Demonstrate a high level of professional and ethical conduct with
patients, students, faculty and staff.
20. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the management of patient
Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice. Darby. M. and Walsh, M. WB Saunders,
Periodontal Instrumentation, Pattison, A. and Pattison, G., Norwalk:
Appleton and Lange, 1992
Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist 7th Ed.. Wilkins, E.M., Malvern:
Williams & Wilkins, 1990
SUPPLEMENTARY TEXT: Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, 4th Ed.,
St. Louis, CV Mosby, 1993