DHYG 2100 - Dental Health Education
This course is designed to assist dental hygiene students in addressing methods for preventing oral disease, behavior modification techniques, and patient education. This course prepares students to apply preventive oral health concepts and individualize oral health care in clinical dental hygiene and community health environments.
Instructional Method Lecture
Comments: Prior to Fall 2010, DHYG 2100 was listed as DHYG 3100
Admission to the Dental Hygiene program required
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of DHYG 2100 Dental Health Education, the student will:
- explain the oral disease processes.
- promote positive values of overall health and wellness to the public.
- communicate in a culturally sensitive manner with diverse individuals.
- assess the dental/oral health education needs of patients.
- identify obstacles to achieving optimal oral health.
- evaluate factors that can be used to promote patient adherence to disease prevention or health maintenance strategies.
- conduct an oral health risk assessment.
- integrate accepted current scientific theories and research into educational and preventive over-the-counter oral self-care products.
- integrate accepted current scientific theories and research related to the preventive modalities of fluorides, sealants, and adjunctive therapies.
- differentiate between behavioral modification theories.
- develop individualized patient oral health education plans based on case scenarios.
- conduct a dietary analysis with a patient.
- recommend appropriate oral physiotherapy aids based on a patient’s individualized dental hygiene care plan.
- implement a caries risk behavioral change plan with a patient.
- evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral change plans.
- explore the effectiveness of various tobacco cessation programs.
- apply the principles of tobacco cessation counseling.
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