Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Courses

Course offerings vary from year to year. Check Generate a Timetable for available course offerings.

DENH 150  (5)  Dental Hygiene Foundations I

An introduction to the basic principles of dental hygiene care. Topics include asepsis, initial client assessment, basic instrumentation, and fundamental skills for dental hygiene practice. Clinic sessions provide practice in procedures and problem-solving capabilities in the clinical setting. (4:0:6)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

Co-requisites: DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

DENH 152  (3)  Oral Sciences I

An overview of orofacial histology and embryology featuring the development of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Topics include tooth histology, calcification, eruption, morphology and identification, as well as oral anatomic landmarks, and the relationship between structure and function. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

Co-requisites: DENH 150, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

DENH 153  (3)  Professional Issues I

An introduction to the dental hygiene profession. Topics include concepts of being a member of a health care profession, ethics, professional associations, regulatory bodies, historical perspective of dental hygiene, information access, and evaluation of information. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

Co-requisites: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

DENH 155  (3)  Dental Sciences I

A study of modern dental biomaterials commonly used in the dental environment. Laboratory experience will emphasize the manipulation of a variety of the more common dental biomaterials. (2:0:3)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

Co-requisites: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

DENH 157  (2)  Head and Neck Anatomy

A study of the structural and functional elements of the head and neck and the relationship of these structures to the major organ systems. Emphasis is placed on application to dental hygiene practice. (2:0:1)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

Co-requisites: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, and DENH 158.

DENH 158  (3)  Microbiology

An introduction to the basic principles of microbiology are presented in this course, with an emphasis on the relevance of these principles to human oral health. Topics include diseases of microbial origin that concern the dental hygienist to illustrate the principles of pathogenesis, host-parasite interaction, and modes of transmission. (2:0:2)

Prerequisite: Admission to program.

Co-requisites: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, and DENH 157.

DENH 160  (6)  Dental Hygiene Foundations II

A continued study of the professional skills, attitudes, and abilities required for dental hygiene practice. Topics and course materials are closely associated with clinical activities to enhance continuity and build on previous knowledge and skill base. (4:1:8)

Prerequisite: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

Co-requisites: DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 167, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

DENH 162  (2)  Oral Sciences II

An introduction to the basic knowledge and practical application of local anesthesia. Topics covered will develop the learner's understanding of pain and pain control, and include the prevention and handling of emergencies in the dental environment. (2:0:1.5)

Prerequisite: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

Co-requisites: DENH 160, DENH 164, DENH 167, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

DENH 164  (3)  Pathologies I

An introduction to general pathology, periodontology, and cariology. The topics of etiological factors and assessment using radiographic interpretation will be emphasized. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

Co-requisites: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 167, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

DENH 167  (3)  Prevention

An overview of methods of preventing oral disease. Topics include components of preventive dentistry, basic principles of the human needs model, motivation/human behaviour and education principles relating to dental health education, individualized client education including planning, goal writing, and approaches for various groups. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

Co-requisites: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

DENH 168  (3)  Communications

An overview of the development of interpersonal skills and working relationships that are required in the health and human services work environment. Topics include stress and time management, perceptions, effective communication, assertiveness skills, client motivation, instructional techniques, group dynamics, and ethical dilemma scenarios. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

Co-requisites: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 167, and DENH 169.

DENH 169  (3)  Radiology

An exploration of the technical aspects of radiation and the principles of exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs. Topics include radiation hygiene and technique, as well as utilization of radiographs in dental hygiene practice. (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: DENH 150, DENH 152, DENH 153, DENH 155, DENH 157, and DENH 158.

Co-requisites: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 167, and DENH 168.

DENH 170  (3)  Dental Hygiene Foundations III

A continuation of DENH 160, building upon previous knowledge and skills base. Topics covered in theory and practice include caries prevention, tobacco cessation, and other clinically-related topics. (3:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 167, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

Co-requisites: DENH 171 and DENH 176.

DENH 171  (3)  Dental Hygiene Clinic I

An exploration of dental hygiene clinical practice. Topics include development of skills necessary for professional practice, as well as scheduling clients for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of treatment. (0:1:8 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 167, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

Co-requisites: DENH 170 and DENH 176.

DENH 176  (2)  Research Methodology

An introduction to basic concepts of research methodology. Topics include application of research principles to the dental and dental hygiene professions, evidence-based practice, as well as current dental and dental hygiene research needs. (7:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 167, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

Co-requisites: DENH 170 and DENH 171.

DENH 250  (3)  Dental Hygiene Foundations IV

A survey of the fundamentals of nutrition and the factors involved influencing the ability of the individual and family to secure and maintain optimal nutrition status. Topics include relationship of nutrition to the practice of dental hygiene, as well as theories of advanced clinical practice skills. (4:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 170, DENH 171, and DENH 176.

Co-requisites: DENH 251, DENH 254, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

DENH 251  (4)  Dental Hygiene Clinic II

A practical exploration of the professional skills and attitudes required for the practice of dental hygiene. Students see regularly scheduled clients and topics include an introduction to more complex skills in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of dental hygiene treatment. (0:1:12)

Prerequisite: DENH 170, DENH 171, and DENH 176.

Co-requisites: DENH 250, DENH 254, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

DENH 254  (4)  Pathologies II

A continuation of DENH 164. Topics include cariology, periodontology, and oral pathology, as well as diagnosis and treatment using clinical data and radiographs. (5:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 170, DENH 171, and DENH 176.

Co-requisites: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

DENH 255  (3)  Dental Sciences II

A study of drugs used in the practice of dentistry. Topics include the origins, physical and clinical properties, modes of administration, effects and interactions of these drugs; naturopathic supplements; an investigation of a variety of dental and dental hygiene practice settings; and dental specialties and their relationship to general practice. (4:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 170, DENH 171, and DENH 176.

Co-requisites: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 254, and DENH 256.

DENH 256  (3)  Community Health I

A study of oral health and the role of the dental hygienist from a community perspective. Topics include basic concepts of the Canadian health care system, principles of health promotion, epidemiology, lesson plans, and health program planning. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 170, DENH 171, and DENH 176.

Co-requisites: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 254, and DENH 255.

DENH 260  (3)  Dental Hygiene Foundations V

A study of the special needs client in regard to dental hygiene care. Topics include general characteristics, clinical adaptations and information regarding various physical, mental and other types of challenges; job search skills, compensations, employment standards, and disability insurance. (4:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 254, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

Co-requisites: DENH 261, DENH 263, DENH 264, and DENH 266.

DENH 261  (4)  Dental Hygiene Clinic III

An advanced clinical study of the professional skills and attitudes required for dental hygiene practice. Students see regularly scheduled clients, are introduced to more complex skills in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of dental hygiene treatment. (0:1:12)

Prerequisite: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 254, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

Co-requisites: DENH 260, DENH 263, DENH 264, and DENH 266.

DENH 263  (3)  Professional Issues II

A continuation of DENH 153, exploring the issues dental hygiene practitioners face in today's society. Topics include current and future trends and issues concerning the profession and practice of dental hygiene in Canada, career development, and advanced ethical dilemmas. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 254, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

Co-requisites: DENH 260, DENH 261, DENH 264, and DENH 266.

DENH 264  (3)  Pathologies III

A continuation of DENH 164 and 254, this course provides an advanced study of oral pathologies and periodontal conditions. Diagnosis and treatment using clinical data and radiographs will be emphasized, and students will consider how conditions impact the process of care. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 254, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

Co-requisites: DENH 260, DENH 261, DENH 263, and DENH 266.

DENH 266  (3)  Community Health II

A continuation of DENH 256. Topics include a study of specialty groups from a community perspective; how to prevent oral diseases with community health methods; community-based careers; implementing public education and teaching with community groups. (3:0:0 —3)

Prerequisite: DENH 250, DENH 251, DENH 254, DENH 255, and DENH 256.

Co-requisites: DENH 260, DENH 261, DENH 263, and DENH 264.

DENH 270  (2)  Dental Hygiene Foundations VI

An advanced study designed to enhance all dental hygiene competencies. (3:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: DENH 260, DENH 261, DENH 263, DENH 264, and DENH 266.

Co-requisites: DENH 271 and DENH 278.

DENH 271  (4)  Dental Hygiene Clinic IV

An opportunity to further develop skills and attitudes for professional practice. Students will schedule clients to refine their skills in assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of dental hygiene treatment. (0:1:16 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: DENH 260, DENH 261, DENH 263, DENH 264, and DENH 266.

Co-requisites: DENH 270 and DENH 278.

DENH 278  (1)  Special Topics Seminar

A special topics seminar focusing on current and future issues and trends in dental hygiene practice. (3:0:0 for 5 weeks)

Prerequisite: DENH 260, DENH 261, DENH 263, DENH 264, and DENH 266.

Co-requisites: DENH 270 and DENH 271.

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