Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to (with a
minimum of 90% accuracy):
1. Adhere to infection control protocols for prevention of disease
transmission through demonstration of proper pre and post appointment
operatory preparation procedures, instrument recirculation methods and
2. Apply and perform all aspects of dental hygiene care on a variety of
patients at the SRJC dental hygiene clinic.
3. Obtain complete health history, collect data systematically, record
accurately, communicate findings and update continuously using methods
consistent with medico legal standards.
4. Identify significant medical and dental modifications required before
proceeding with dental hygiene care, determine proper precautionary
procedures, (including consultation and/or referral) and apply those
modifications during dental hygiene care.
5. Accurately perform the correct technique for taking vital signs,
(pulse, respiration, blood pressure, and temperature), analyze data, note
deviations, limitations and collaborate with other professionals as
6. Accurately identify potential medical emergencies which may occur in
the dental hygiene environment, procedures for preventing such
emergencies; and if an emergency should occur, methods for proper
management of these health-threatening complications.
7. Demonstrate a competent level in performing and recording findings from
extra and intra-oral examinations.
8. Accurately conduct and perform accurate periodontal & restorative
9. Apply the intra-oral camera technique for patient's education.
10. Demonstrate a competent level in interpreting radiographs in
recognizing normal and abnormal conditions of the oral cavity.
11. Request consultations for further medical or dental clarification when
12. Establish dental hygiene treatment/care plans through case studies.
13. Assess patient's needs for pain control procedures, administer such
procedures, and identify and manage, complications, which may occur.
14. Demonstrate to a competent level individualized preventive oral
hygiene care instruction designed to motivate the client toward routine
effective home care skills and habit cessation essential for the
prevention and control of oral diseases.
15. Perform appropriate preventive procedures on a variety of advanced
case type patients to a competent level.
16. Perform gingival curettage on clinical patients utilizing procedural
17. Determine, select, and use, the proper armamentarium used in oral
prophylaxis procedures, initial periodontal preparation, and periodontal
maintenance therapy on patients.
18. Demonstrate an ergonomically correct, neutral balance, body position
while performing advanced instrumentation and ultrasonic procedures on a
19. Demonstrate to a competent level, and ability, to perform the
following skills: scaling and root planning, gingival curettage,
administration of local anesthesia, margination procedures, the placement
of occlusal sealants, fluoride therapy, expose and interpret radiographs,
finish and polish restorations to a competent level.
20. Perform dental hygiene services for patients at extramural clinical
21. Explain the examination procedures for the State Board and National
22. Demonstrate a high level of professional and ethical conduct with
patients, students, faculty, and staff.
23. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the comprehensive
management of patient care.
24. Determine the need, the correct time management in treatment
sequencing, and the appropriate mechanism for referral to appropriate
referral sources (i.e., physician, general dentist, dental specialist,
I. Dental Hygiene Care such as:
A. Current emergency procedures
B. SRJC policies on infection control
C. Pain control procedures
D. Intra-extra oral exam, periodontal and restorative examiniations
E. Advanced scaling and rootplaning
F. Re-evaluation process
G. Protocol for patient dismissal
H. Preventative oral hygiene
I. Health history
J. Use of Intra-oral camera
K. Interpretation of Radiographs
II. Gingival Curettage Procedure
A. Criteria for patient selection
B. Indications and contraindications
C. Curettage procedure
III. Case Study Preparation and Presentations
A. Preparation procedures - such as, patient selection, x-rays and intra-
B. Case evaluation - reassessments, comparisons to retreat or maintain
C. Case presentation - written, visual, and oral
IV. Preparation for the National Board examination
A. Standardized test preparation
B. Review sessions
V. Ergonomics/Cumulative Trauma Disorders
A. Occupational hazards
C. OSHA's Ergonomic Standards
VI. Preparation for the State Clinical examination
A. Mock Board Examination
B. California State Board Examination
VII. Research methods
A. Statistical analysis
B. Research design
VIII. Time management
A. Treatment planning and prioritizing treatment
B. Critical-thinking of patient needs
C. Instrument selection
IX. Protocol for broken instrument tips and how to retrieve
X. Professional and Ethical Conduct
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