|Dental Hygiene Program
DAH 101—Introduction to Dentistry 2-2-3
The dental hygiene program offers the academic preparation and clinical training needed for a variety of dental hygiene careers. While most dental hygienists practice in private dental offices, others provide services in dental specialty practices, hospital and industrial clinics, correctional institutions, government health agencies, insurance companies and military
services.The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
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Designed to give the student an in-depth study of dental terminology, medical/dental histories, charting, dental instruments, infection control, sterilization, pain control and patient management. Lecture and laboratory sessions introduce the student to each of the dental specialties and provide the student with the knowledge and skills required for application in the clinical setting. Corequisite: DAH 102
DAH 102—Dental Materials 1-2-2
Lecture and laboratory course designed to familiarize the dental hygiene student with commonly used materials in dentistry. The focus is on properties, proper technique of manipulation, and influence of manipulation upon these properties. Corequisite: DAH 101
DAH 103—Medical Emergencies 1-0-1
Prepares students to recognize and manage medical emergencies in a dental office. Emphasis is placed on prevention through the use of medical histories and the team approach to emergency situations.
DAH 104—Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy 4-0-4
Designed to reinforce the normal anatomical structures, musculature, blood and nerve supply to the head and neck. The administration of local anesthesia, tooth morphology and function are also discussed.
DAH 105—Dental Radiology 2-2-3
Provides an overview of dental radiology principles and techniques. Topics include x-ray production, radiation safety, exposure technique, film processing, landmark identification and client management. The student will apply didactic concepts in a supervised clinical laboratory setting. Prerequisite: DAH 104
DAH 106—Nutritional Biochemistry 2-0-2
Introduces the science of nutrition. Sources and functions of nutrients, utilization of food in the body, nutritional requirements for various age groups and rudiments of diet counseling are discussed.
DAH 109—Oral Pathology 2-0-2
Studies the process of diseases with emphasis on diseases and their manifestations in the oral cavity. Recognition and detection of such deviations from normal is stressed. The emphasis is on inflammation, regeneration, repair, immunity, allergy, oral manifestations of disease, tumors and developmental disturbances.
DAH 111—Dental Hygiene Lecture 3-0-3
Provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of oral health care services, disease control and dental hygiene instrumentation skills. Corequisite: DAH 112
DAH 112—Dental Hygiene Lab 0-8-4
Designed for students to observe, discuss and practice the clinical skills required to perform oral health care services. Students will apply didactic concepts in a supervised clinical laboratory setting. Prerequisites: BIO 171 and CHM 264 Corequisite: DAH 111 DAH 113—Oral Histology/Embryology 2-0-2 Studies the embryonic development of the head, face and oral cavity. Histologic structure of the oral tissues with relation to their clinical form and function is discussed.
DAH 114—Periodontics I 3-0-3
Designed to study the periodontium in healthy and diseased states. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of the periodontium, disease classification and etiology, the assessment and documentation of clinical findings and the role of the dental hygienist in non-surgical periodontal therapy.
DAH 115—Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2-12-5
Provides for the development of the knowledge and clinical skills required to provide oral health care services. Didactic emphasis is placed on disease control and prevention. Students will provide oral health care services in a supervised clinical setting.
DAH 205—Periodontics II 1-0-1
Designed to study the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation of various periodontal surgical procedures, wound healing, implantology, pre- and post-operative patient education and preventive maintenance. Prerequisites: DAH 114 and DAH 115
DAH 206—Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2-16-6
Provides refinement of the knowledge and skills required to provide oral health care services. Didactic emphasis is placed on the provision of services for and the management of patients with special needs. Students will provide oral health care services in a supervised clinical setting. Prerequisite: DAH 115
DAH 207—Pharmacology 2-0-2
Designed for dental hygiene students to study the physiology, interactions and effects of drugs. Emphasis is placed on drugs commonly used and/or encountered in dental practice.
DAH 208—Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2-16-6
Designed to expand the students’ knowledge and clinical skills, enabling them to render comprehensive oral health care utilizing case based methodology, the reflection on ethical and legal obligations of the dental professional and successful role implementation upon employment. Students will provide oral health care services in a supervised clinical setting. Prerequisite: DAH 206
DAH 209—Community Dental Health 3-0-3
A basic orientation to the principles of community oral health planning and practice. The hygienist’s role as an educator and resource person for the community will be emphasized. Students will expand their knowledge and skills necessary to promote oral health care in the community.