Dental Hygiene Courses

These listings are sourced from Curricunet, and some courses may not be offered every semester. For additional information, contact the academic department, speak with counseling or refer to the current Class Schedule and College Catalog.

DHYG 40 - Introduction to Dental Hygiene    ( 1.00 - Units )
Introduction to the practice and profession of dental hygiene. Emphasis on communication skills, dental terminology, and patient education. Includes overview of the head and neck examination, prevention of oral disease, and infection control.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Demonstrate effective communication techniques when providing patient education.

DHYG 50A - Dental Hygiene Orientation I    ( 0.50 - Units )
Orientation to the dental hygiene program to include information regarding scheduling, course requirements, financial aid considerations, program policies and procedures as well as core competencies.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Identify and list the policies and procedures in the dental hygiene program

DHYG 50B - Dental Hygiene Orientation II    ( 0.50 - Units )
Orientation for second year dental hygiene students focusing on patient management and scheduling.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. discuss and implement scheduling strategies to fulfill clinical requirements;
  2. create a treatment plan which identifies risk factors, goals, interventions and evaluation, specific to patient needs;
  3. discuss forms, criteria, placement, evaluation and follow-up related to ITRs;

DHYG 50C - Dental Hygiene Orientation III    ( 0.50 - Units )
Orientation for second year dental hygiene students. Topics include program requirements, HESI Exam in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, patient scheduling, Western Regional Board Exam, program policies and procedures and clinical competencies. Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene 81A.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Discuss and implement scheduling strategies to fulfill clinical requirements for graduation.
  2. Discuss and explain criteria for the regional clinical board exams to successfully pass the Mock Board Exam.

DHYG 51 - General and Oral Pathology    ( 4.00 - Units )
Oral pathology and dysfunctions of systems of the body which directly affect the oral cavity. Significance of oral and general pathology in relationship to treatment by the dental hygienist. ?Corequisite: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Program

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Identify and describe developmental disturbances, periapical disease, and oral lesions of the oral cavity
  2. Identify and describe oral manifestations of chemical and traumatic injuries, and systemic, immune, metabolic and genetic disorders, related to the oral cavity
  3. Identify and discuss adaptation of treatment, documentation, and referral for oral lesions, related to dental hygiene care

DHYG 52A - Periodontics    ( 2.00 - Units )
Normal periodontium and the deviations from health, with emphasis on the hygienist's responsibility in examination, data collection and recognition of disease. Dental Hygiene therapy for periodontal disease prevention, active case management and maintenance programs. Contributing factors to disease process and case management. Decision-making for patient referral to the periodontal specialist.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. discuss and the describe the clinical, histological and microbial changes in the periodontium associated with periodontal disease;
  2. discuss and contrast etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning related to gingivitis and periodontal disease;
  3. describe differences, methods and benefits of nonsurgical and surgical periodontal therapy;
  4. discuss the significance of periodontal maintenance.

DHYG 52B - Advanced Periodontics    ( 1.00 - Units )
DHYG52B is a continuation of DHYG52A. Research-based comprehensive periodontal therapy. Focus on systemic diseases and their relationship to periodontal disease and adjunct periodontal treatment modalities through the use of evidence-based research and case studies.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. describe systemic conditions and related treatment modifications required for patient care;
  2. identify and discuss changes in oral tissue related to: endocrine disorders, autoimmune disease, pulmonary disorders, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, addictions and cancer;
  3. discuss implant maintenance, periodontal evaluation and patient education;
  4. identify and discuss the use of lasers in the provision of dental hygiene care;
  5. discuss and identify disorders related to the temporomandibular joint and occlusion.

DHYG 54 - Pharmacology    ( 2.00 - Units )
Sources, dosages, therapeutic action, and side effects of drugs used in dentistry and dental hygiene. Includes legal and ethical aspects of drug usage.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Identify and discuss drugs commonly prescribed in the dental practice, their pharmacologic and therapeutic effects, mechanism of action, adverse effects, clinical uses, and side effects
  2. Identify and discuss commonly prescribed drugs, there pharmacologic action and therapeutic use, potential drug interactions and adverse effects related to the provision of dental hygiene care

DHYG 55A - Dental Materials    ( 1.50 - Units )
Course consists of combined lecture/laboratory

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Distinguish and discuss the properties related to dental materials
  2. demonstrate taking an alginate impression and pouring/trimming the associated plaster model
  3. fabricate a bleaching tray and/or mouthguard
  4. discuss theory and decision making process for placement of an IRT restoration
  5. demonstrate placement and evaluation of an ITR restoration
  6. demonstrate placement of: Tofflemire matrix, IRM temporary restoration, rubber dam, dental sealant, and periodontal dressing to competency
  7. demonstrate: care/maintenance of removable appliances, removal of sutures, removal of supra/subgingival cement

DHYG 56A - Community Dental Health I    ( 1.00 - Units )
Study of individual and community oral health problems relative to personal, family, and public health needs.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. design a community oral health program using program implementation methodology including: assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation;
  2. design a timeline, SWOT analysis, goals and objectives, funding, budget and budget justification, staffing plan, resources plan related to a community dental health program;
  3. discuss and apply epidemiological concepts including: terminology, indices, statistical tests related to public health case studies;
  4. discuss concepts related to health, population health, measuring oral health status, access to oral health care, and preventive health programs;
  5. describe and discuss use of dental indices.

DHYG 57 - Expanded Functions for the Dental Hygienist    ( 2.00 - Units )
Dental hygiene advanced clinical functions including clinical practice in administration of local anesthetics, topical anesthetic agents, nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia and soft tissue curettage.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. determine patient suitability to receive local anesthesia based on patient's medical and dental history;
  2. properly prepare armamentarium for administration of local anesthesia;
  3. determine dosage and administer appropriate local anesthesia based on patient assessments and need, to a level of competency;
  4. administer N2O/O2 sedation based on patient assessments and need, to a level of competency;
  5. treatment plan and administer soft tissue curettage based on a clinical patients periodontal assessment, to a level of competency;
  6. identify possible medical emergencies related to the administration of local anesthesia, and identify methods of prevention and treatment.

DHYG 58 - Dental Office Practice    ( 1.00 - Units )
Dental office practices based on sound dental economics, legal and ethical framework of the State Dental Practice Act, and patient needs and services.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Discuss and integrate ethical principles and moral philosophies related to the provision of dental hygiene care.
  2. Identify and discuss: scope of practice, malpractice and illegal practice of the dentist, dental hygienist, and dental assistant as stated in the California Dental Practice Act, and as identified by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California.
  3. Write a professional resume.
  4. Discuss and explain the legal provisions and framework created in AB1174 related to the placement of an Interim Therapeutic Restoration (ITR), and scope of practice as outlined in the Dental Practice Act.

DHYG 60 - Dental Anatomy and Morphology    ( 1.50 - Units )
Development and anatomical structures of the head and neck, oral cavity and dentition including: tooth anatomy, eruption patterns, tooth numbering systems, anomalies, and occlusion.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. integrate and identify the histology of tooth structures related to embryological tooth development and tooth anomalies;
  2. identify and state distinguishing anatomical features of the dentition;
  3. complete a restorative charting procedure at a level of competency;
  4. discuss Angle's classification of malocclusion and orofacial myofunctional considerations and how it relates to patient care.

DHYG 60S - Dental Anatomy and Morphology Independent Study    ( 0.50 - Units )
Supplemental instruction on the development and anatomical structures of the head and neck, oral cavity and dentition.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. integrate and identify the histology of tooth structures related to embryological tooth development and tooth anomalies;
  2. identify and state distinguishing anatomical features of the dentition;
  3. complete a restorative charting procedure at a level of competency;
  4. discuss Angle's classification of malocclusion and orofacial myofunctional considerations and how it relates to patient care.

DHYG 61 - Head and Neck Anatomy    ( 2.00 - Units )
Anatomy of the head, neck and oral cavity, including anatomical nomenclature. Emphasis on structure and function of the oral cavity with a focus on normal anatomy and their structures.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. integrate anatomical structures of the head and neck related to the pathways of infection;
  2. integrate the anatomical structures and landmarks of the head and neck related to the administration of local anesthesia;
  3. identify and discuss anatomical features of the TMJ;
  4. integrate dental anatomy with the ethical issues related to dental hygiene care.

DHYG 61S - Head and Neck Anatomy Independent Study    ( 0.50 - Units )
Supplemental instruction on the anatomy of the head and neck, with emphasis on normal structures.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. integrate anatomical structures of the head and neck related to the pathways of infection;
  2. integrate the anatomical structures and landmarks of the head and neck, related to the administration of local anesthesia;
  3. identify and discuss anatomical features related to the TMJ;
  4. integrate dental anatomy with the ethical issues of dental hygiene care.

DHYG 69A - Oral Health Care Education    ( 2.00 - Units )
Educational techniques and technical skills used to assist individuals and groups in becoming integrally involved in their dental/oral health care. Information and application of information related to oral health care, oral health promotion and disease prevention.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Compare and contrast the design characteristics of contemporary manual toothbrush models on the market
  2. demonstrate on a typodont different manual tooth brushing techniques (i.e. Bass, Stillman’s and Charters’)
  3. Identify and recommend the proper adjunct oral hygiene aid to meet identified patient needs

DHYG 69B - Treatment and Evaluation in Dental Hygiene    ( 1.00 - Units )
Continued development of the principles of assessment in dental hygiene care. Prevention, non-surgical periodontal therapy and maintenance through application of the Dental Hygiene process, including assessment, planning, goal setting, implementing and evaluation used in providing dental hygiene care. Emphasis on evaluation of dental hygiene care as an essential component of the dental hygiene process.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Discuss and utilize the Human Needs theory to determine unmet human needs which can be met through dental hygiene therapy
  2. Discuss and apply the oral health risk assessment formula to patient care

DHYG 71A - Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene    ( 4.00 - Units )
Laboratory and clinical experiences in patient assessment, dental hygiene care planning, goal setting and implementation of instrumentation techniques for providing prevention- oriented dental care and non-surgical periodontal therapy. Emphasis on post-treatment evaluation. Application of theory to the treatment of clinical patients

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Describe and utilize infection control protocols for prevention of disease transmission
  2. Apply the medical history and patient interview to determine patient's medical and dental status and identify specific conditions that may indicate the need for a physician consultation
  3. Demonstrate and explain the extra/intraoral examination procedure including the normal clinical appearance of associated anatomical structures and common abnormalities
  4. Describe and demonstrate use of the periodontal probe, explorer, universal curet and sickle scalers on a student partner

DHYG 71B - Clinical Dental Hygiene    ( 4.00 - Units )
Continuation of laboratory and clinical experiences in patient assessment with emphasis on dental hygiene care planning, goal setting and implementation of instrumentation techniques for providing prevention-oriented dental care and non-surgical periodontal therapy. Emphasis on post-treatment evaluation. Introduction to the technical skills and procedures used in the clinical practice of dental hygiene.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Collect and analyze patient assessment data to formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene treatment for all clinic patients
  2. Apply principles of instrumentation with the proper use of assessment and scale/root planing instruments on all clinical patients
  3. Recognize and adhere to the ethical and legal principles involved when providing dental hygiene care to all clinical patients

DHYG 71S - Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene Independent Study    ( 1.00 - Units )
Supplemental instruction in the use of dental hygiene instruments. Emphasis on instrumentation techniques including the use of fulcrum options, modified pen grasp, and direct and indirect vision.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Describe and demonstrate use of the periodontal probe, explorer, universal curet, and sickle scaler on a typodont

DHYG 72S - Advanced Periodontal Procedure    ( 0.50 - Units )
Lecture experiences in advanced instrumentation techniques; workshops on recognizing patients’ medical needs and their relationship to dental treatment.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. identify and discuss proper utilization of all clinic forms;
  2. discuss and describe Gracey instrumentation and advanced fulcrum techniques;
  3. discuss and describe the correct sharpening technique of a Gracey curette, Universal scaler and Sickle scaler;
  4. describe the safe assembly and disassembly of a syringe for administration of local anesthesia;
  5. describe the proper ultrasonic grip and instrumentation techniques;
  6. discuss the indications and contraindications of using an ultrasonic scaler in patient care.

DHYG 73 - Educational Theories in Dental Hygiene Care    ( 1.50 - Units )
Providing patient education through evidence based finding. Identification of effective environments and strategies for learning.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. integrate teaching theories and learning methodologies into an oral health project presentation;
  2. write a PICO question;
  3. implement research strategies to write a literature review based on a selected oral health related topic;
  4. evaluate and discuss research methodologies including: data sources and types, descriptive statistics, sampling methods, study types, and central tendency;
  5. prepare and present a table clinic on a selected topic related to dental hygiene/oral health.

DHYG 74A - Dental Radiography I    ( 3.00 - Units )
Introduction to principles of radiography, radiation safety, operation of x-ray equipment, infection control procedures and hazardous waste maintenance. Practice in placement and technique for diagnostic images.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Describe basic principles and concepts of x-radiation
  2. Describe and demonstrate radiation protection procedures for the operator and patient
  3. Produce a diagnostic full mouth radiographic survey on an adult patient with a minimum grade of 84%
  4. Evaluate all radiographs in terms of technical quality, accuracy, and diagnostic acceptability

DHYG 74B - Dental Radiography II    ( 1.50 - Units )
Continuation of clinical experience in exposing Xrays, self-assessment of surveys; principles of Panographic radiology; occlusal and pedodontic surveys; emphasis on radiographic interpretative skills.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Expose and interpret dental radiographs
  2. Implement ADA criteria for making an evidence based decision regarding taking of dental radiographs

DHYG 75 - Medical Emergencies    ( 1.00 - Units )
Prevention, recognition and management of medical emergencies that occur in the dental setting.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. locate emergency kit(s), oxygen, and adjunct medical emergency equipment;
  2. create and implement an emergency action plan for the Chabot dental hygiene clinic;
  3. develop and present a medical emergency outline for the following conditions: unconsciousness, vasodepression, syncope, hyperventilation, hypertension, airway obstruction, asthma, acute adrenal insufficiency, heart failure, acute pulmonary edema, chest pain, angina pectoris, cerebral vascular incident, seizures, diabetes, thyroid gland dysfunction, drug overdose and allergic reactions;
  4. identify signs and symptoms for and discuss treatment and prevention for the following condition categories: unconsciousness, respiratory distress, altered consciousness, seizures, drug related emergencies, chest pain and cardiac arrest.

DHYG 80A - Patient Management    ( 1.00 - Units )
Dental Hygiene management for the pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient. Course will focus on student awareness of each case type and discussion on characteristics in specific life stages.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Provide a comprehensive dental hygiene treatment plan for the pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient.

DHYG 80B - Advanced Clinical Topics    ( 1.00 - Units )
Development of skills and knowledge in dental hygiene therapy and disease control with emphasis on comprehensive patient care. This course includes guest speakers on various topics and preparation for the work industry.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Describe the techniques for the care and maintenance of dental implants; contributing factors in disease development; techniques for tooth desensitization, and use of chemotherapeutic agents applicable to private practice.
  2. Define self-evaluation for ergonomics and prevention of occupational risks.
  3. Describe comprehensive dental hygiene therapy planning and treatment including periodontal maintenance.

DHYG 81A - Clinical Practice I    ( 5.00 - Units )
Continuation of clinical experience in performing dental hygiene therapy with emphasis on the young child and periodontal patient; patient education in prevention and control of dental disease and emergency procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Develop, present and implement a comprehensive, evidence based dental hygiene care plan
  2. Identify and implement appropriate pain control procedures
  3. Identify, place, evaluate and determine proper follow-up protocol for an Interim Therapeutic Restoration (ITR)
  4. Plan and implement a dental hygiene care plan based on identified medical/health conditions of the patient
  5. Assess, Plan, Implement and evaluate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan based on identified patient needs
  6. Demonstrate proper technique and effectively remove calculus with Gracey curettes
  7. Complete and pass assigned case difficulty text cases

DHYG 81B - Clinical Practice II    ( 5.00 - Units )
Continuation of clinical experience with a variety of clinical cases of adults and children to include a broad spectrum of clinical applications.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Develop, present and implement a comprehensive, evidence based dental hygiene care plan
  2. Identify and implement appropriate pain control procedures
  3. Identify, place, evaluate and determine proper follow-up for an Interim Therapeutic Restoration (ITR)
  4. Plan and implement a dental hygiene care plan based on identified medical/health conditions of the patient
  5. Identify patient need and administer advanced periodontal care techniques including: soft tissue curettage, subgingival irrigation to a level of competency

DHYG 82A - Clinical Experience Seminar I    ( 1.00 - Units )
Discussion and analysis of case-based clinical situations. Case studies addressing client care, protocol and advanced clinical techniques. Exploration of and education in cultural and linguistic competence.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. List and define clinic protocols
  2. Discuss and implement treatment protocols related to: HIV/TB/Hepatitis/Diabetes/CDC Guidelines/Systemic Links; follow-up procedures related to ITRs
  3. Discuss legal considerations related to Tele-dentistry, ITRs and Radiographic decision making

DHYG 82B - Clinical Experience Seminar II    ( 2.00 - Units )
Discussion and analysis of complex case-based clinical situations. Ethical, legal decision making, occupational standards and incident reporting in the clinical setting. Review of materials pertaining to the National Dental Hygiene Board and the Clinical State Licensing exams.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Develop an ethical and comprehensive patient care plan based on patient needs, periodontal classification, goals, values, and preferences.
  2. Develop interactive and comprehensive patient based goals related to CaMBRA, diet, scheduled maintenance and daily oral hygiene education/recommendations.
  3. Discuss HIPAA and its role in dentistry.
  4. Develop an appropriate assessment and maintenance schedule for completed ITRs.

DHYG 83 - Patients with Special Needs    ( 1.00 - Units )
Dental Hygiene therapy with emphasis on the management of patients with special needs.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Use appropriate terminology and effectively communicate with patients with special needs.
  2. Identify barriers to oral health care for individuals with special needs and be able to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan.