NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    Feb 03, 2023  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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DHYG 3400 - General and Oral Pathology

This course is designed to teach students the concepts underlying general and oral manifestations of human disease states, manifestations of specific diseases, relationships to body defense mechanisms, and potential implications for medical and dental hygiene treatment. To the extent possible, applications to clinical situations in dental hygiene practice will be made.

Credits: 3

Instructional Method Lecture


Admission to the Dental Hygiene program required

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of DHYG 3400 General and Oral Pathology, the student will:

  1. Explain the ways general and oral pathology impact dental hygiene practice.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to understand, pronounce, spell, and use correctly the terminology unique to the study of pathology.
  3. Summarize the systemic and oral conditions seen in a clear and concise presentation to a clinical instructor, the patient’s dentist or other health care professional.
  4. Formulate a differential diagnosis.
  5. Differentiate between variants of normal and pathological oral conditions.
  6. Discuss injury, inflammation and wound repair as they apply to oral mucosa, salivary glands, dental pulp, and bones of the jaw.
  7. Recognize traumatic injuries to the head and neck region, oral cavity and dentition.
  8. Recognize oral and systemic manifestations of infectious disease.
  9. Describe the mechanism of body defense and explain the role played by the immune system.
  10. Discuss hypersensitivity and autoimmunity as they relate to disorders of the head, neck and oral regions.
  11. Explain the origin of common developmental disorders of the head, neck and oral regions encountered in dental patients.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of genetics and environmental factors on the etiology of disease.
  13. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in initiation and spread of malignant neoplasms.
  14. Explain the epidemiology, etiology, clinical manifestations, prognosis, and management of oral cancer in the United States.
  15. Correlate the signs and symptoms of oral pathology conditions with the etiologic factors.
  16. Discuss oral manifestations of systemic disease.

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