Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dental Hygiene Theory 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study unit is an introductory module, introducing students to the foundation knowledge of professionalism and professional development, focusing on professional image, communication skills, teamwork in health care and personal growth in continual professional development.
Dental Hygiene Theory I offers students an introduction to patient care and oral maintenance care and knowledge of dental instruments and their use.

Study-unit Aims

Dental Hygiene I aims at:

- providing an understanding of the dental hygienists' role and responsibilities in professional health care settings.
- developing professional identity in the dental profession (evaluation of performance appraisals of students)
- describing dental hygiene models, theories and the process of care.
- introducing the principles of scaling/root debridement.
- introducing periodontal instruments.
- providing a foundation for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patients' outcomes to dental hygiene care.

Learning Outcomes

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

- comprehend and appreciate the roles and responsibilities of dental hygienists practicing in various clinical and community settings.
- demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of professionalism and professional development.
- demonstrate professionalism while learning and practicing during course activities.
- perform on-going self-assessment for the professional growth and life-long learning.
- understand the concepts of behavioural sciences for application to dental practice.
- access professional and community networks to pursue further educational and professional knowledge.
- have the knowledge and understand the dental hygiene process of care model.
- demonstrate knowledge of the principles of scaling and root debridement.
- describe the design of periodontal instruments and their use in clinical practice.
- describe the action of mechanical scalers (including implant scalers), their advantages and disadvantages.
- describe the action of powered scalers, their advantages and disadvantages.
- describe the uses of polishing techniques.

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

- enhance professional communication skills, having the ability to describe the concepts of oral health, and general well being.
- have the ability to explain the dental hygiene process in oral maintenance care.
- explore theoretical knowledge through further reading and research.
- foster the integration of knowledge and theory into dental hygiene practice.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main Text:

- A Handbook for Dental Hygienists [Paperback]
- W. J. N. Collins MSc BDS FRSRCPS(Glas) (Author), Trevor F. Walsh DDS BDS MSc FDSRCS(Eng) (Author), Keith H. Figures MDS BDS FDSRCS(Edin) (Author), T.f. Walsh (Author), K.h. Figures (Author) Publication Date: January 15, 1999 | ISBN-10: 0723617406 | ISBN-13: 978-0723617402 | Edition: 4 (available in library)

- Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice (3RD 09)
- Michele Leonardi Darby (Hardback | ISBN10: 1416053573; ISBN13: 9781416053576) (available in library)

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 50%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Anne-Marie Agius
Carmen Caruana
Jeremy Lanfranco

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