DHY 1010 — Dental Hygiene Preclinic 4 Credit hours 12 Contact hours
Provides clinical application procedures in prevention, recognition, and treatment of oral diseases. Emphasis is placed on infection control, instrumentation, and basic clinical skills. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program.
Corequisites: BIO 1110, COM 1110, DHY 1511, DHY 1200, DHY 1460.
A registered dental hygienist is a licensed member of the oral health team who is responsible for assessing the oral health status of his/her patient and providing individualized preventive treatment. Men and women choose this caring profession because it is a challenging and rewarding career with the security of a professional license and the responsibility of direct patient care. Treatment often provided by a dental hygienist includes: taking social, medical and dental histories; assessing the patient's oral health and planning preventive treatment; making radiographic surveys (x-rays); providing individual oral health care instructions; removing deposits from teeth (cleaning); administering fluoride therapy; and placing dental sealants. Most dental hygienists practice in a private dental office. However, some seek employment in public health settings, specialty practices, school systems, industry, federal services and higher education. The need for licensed dental hygienists continues to grow as the demand for access to preventive oral health care increases.