Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Preventive Dentistry and Dental Public Health 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This one year study unit introduces the principles of preventive dentistry and how to apply these principles when planning for dental public health policy.

Topics include: general and local epidemiology, oral health and general health, factors determining oral health, oral health promotion, diet and nutrition, pharmaceutical agents used in preventive dentistry.
The study unit is designed so that the student is able to use the theoretical knowledge gained from these lectures and apply it to the various patient or public situations encountered in the practice of dental hygiene.

Study-unit Aims

The study-unit will provide dental hygiene students with a thorough appreciation of how dental diseases occur and thus how they can be prevented. They will be able to give evidence based advice when it comes to patient or public situations encountered in the practice of dental hygiene.
This study-unit is required to prepare the students for the next topics in the curriculum leading to the dental hygiene degree.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of measuring dental disease and know how to best apply these principles in practice
- Comprehend the principles of prevention and oral health promotion and know how to apply them in practice
- Assess preventive and health promotion approaches appropriate for the prevention of dental diseases
- Demonstrate an understanding of the evidence based relationship between sugar consumption and caries development and thus understand the importance of reducing sugar consumption on an individual and population level
- Demonstrate knowledge the materials available for use clinically to help in controlling oral diseases

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Outline and apply the principles of measuring dental disease.
- Outline and apply the principles of prevention and oral health promotions
- Explain and apply techniques in reducing sugar consumption on an individual and population level
- Identify and apply the materials available clinically to control oral diseases (included in Clinical Practice II and Clinical Practice III; during practice placement)

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main Texts:

Dental Public Health: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist; Christine Nielsen Nathe 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall 2004 ISBN-13:978-0-13-113444-7
Dental Public Health: A Primer; Meera Patel Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. ISBN-1857756479

Supplementary Reading:

Essentials of Dental Caries; Edwina Kidd Oxford University Press ISBN 9780198529781
Evidence-Based Dentistry: An Introduction; Allan Hackshaw, Elisabeth Paul, Elizabeth Davenport Blackwell Publishing Limited ISBN 9781405124966
Essential Dental Public Health; Blanaid Daly, Richard Watt, Paula Batchelor, and Elizabeth Treasure 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press ISBN 13.978-0199679379
Prevention of Oral Disease; John J Murray, June H Nunn, James G Steele Oxford University Press ISBN 9780192632791

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Anne-Marie Agius
Nikolai Attard
Pauline Vassallo
Ethel Vento Zahra

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.