Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dental Hygiene for the Medically Compromised Patient

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces second year students to the concept of non-surgical periodontal therapy, patient care and management of challenging clinical cases of patients having oral manifestations, systemic conditions and behavioural difficulties. By the end of the study-unit students will be able to discuss and evaluate the implications of patients' systemic and general health (including anxiety, fear and phobia) status in relation to oral health.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at teaching second year dental hygiene students to integrate evidence-based interventions in the process of dental hygiene care of patients with challenging oral, medical and health conditions. It focuses on the management of non surgical periodontal therapy, oral disease as related to systemic disease and general health, patient management and the use of supportive diagnostic aids and services.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- discuss oral manifestations, systemic diseases and develop dental hygiene care within the context of general health.
- identify oral conditions and the risks associated and/or manifested due to systemic diseases and discuss specific non surgical periodontal procedures related to several cases.
- recognise behavioural disturbances during dental hygiene procedures and manage such situations.
- discuss the use of supportive diagnostic aids and supportive therapy/services.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- integrate theory and practice and apply non-surgical periodontal therapy according to their judgment.
- develop and implement dental hygiene diagnosis and care designed to meet the needs of patients who have oral conditions, are medically compromised or who present themselves with challenging scenarios.
- participate effectively in the diagnostic and therapeutic processes with other supportive team members (interdisciplinary team).
- identify and select tasks which help them manage and treat patients attending for dental hygiene procedures.
- manage the behavioural and clinical factors associated with the dental hygiene process of care.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Collins, WJN., Walsh, TF., Figures, KH (1999). A Handbook for Dental Hygienists, 4th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann.
ISBN-13: 978-0723617402

Darby, ML., Walsh, M. (2014). Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice, 4th Edition, Saunders/Elsevier.
ISBN-13: 978-1455745487

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

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

LECTURER/S Nikolai Attard
Carmen Caruana

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