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Course : Dental Hygiene I Lecture 2023

Course Number
DNHY 3014
Section Number
Fall 2023
Centennial Hall, 103
Debra Kelley
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 11, 2023 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Through reading assignments, lectures, individual/group discussion, and lab/clinical practice, the students will develop the knowledge and skills required to perform procedures related to the dental hygiene profession.  Upon completion of this course the students should be able to:


1.     Discuss the etiology and transmission of diseases for which the dental professional is at a high risk.


2.     Describe infection control techniques and explain the rationale for each. Explain rationale, mechanics, and guidelines for hand hygiene. Explain methods for cleaning, wrapping and sterilizing instruments.


3.     Compare the design and function of various types of instruments in regards to calculus removal and root planning and select the most appropriate instrument for treatment. Differentiate between assessment and treatment instrumets and identify different parts of an instrument.


4.     Evaluate medical and dental histories to identify contraindications and or modifications to dental hygiene treatment.


5.     Recognize and record abnormalities noted upon extra and intraoral examinations.


6.     Assess the periodontal condition of patients and correctly document findings.


7.     Complete dental charting forms with adequate detail.


8.     Utilize collected patient data to develop dental hygiene treatment plans based on the needs of the individual patient or classmate.


9.     Discuss legal and ethical issues and decisions facing dental hygiene today in regards to treatment of patients with communicable diseases, procedures allowed by the Texas Dental Practice Act, and responsibilities to patients during treatment and post-op.


10.    Describe the different tooth brushing techniques and dental flossing and discuss the basic principles of patient education as they pertain to these techniques.


11.    Identify skills needed to practice evidence-based dental hygiene care.


12.    Identify anatomic descriptors, divisions of dentition, and tooth identification systems.


13.    Demonstrate proper clinician and patient positioning, correct use of dental light, dental and clinician chair, and modified standing positions for clinician.


14.    Demonstrate and explain correct procedure for assessing vital signs, temperature, respiration, radial pulse and blood pressure. Recognize normal vital signs with varied age groups.


15.    Apply the concept of standard precautions. Describe the infectious disease process and prevention of disease transmission.


16.    Describe characteristics and common location of supragingival and subgingival calculus and how to detect.


17.    Recognize and identify extrinsic and intrinsic dental stains. Differentiate between exogenous and endogenous stains. Determine appropriate removal of stain.  




     Exam # 1       25%

     Exam # 2       25%

     Exam # 3       25%

     Final Exam    25%



Dental Hygiene Department Grading Scale

          A = 92 to 100

          B = 83 to 91

          C = 75 to 82

          D = 65 to 74



Course Examinations (25% each)


Scheduled examinations will be comprehensive in nature, but will focus on material presented since the previous examination. 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.



More than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of 5 points from final course grade for EACH absence over the allowed 2. In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made. Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of one (1) absence. Students must be present for the entire class period to get credit for a class session. Students leaving class early will be counted as absent.  The student is held

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