DAS 153 - Preventive Dentistry
Course Description: This course provides the theoretical concepts and methods used in the practice of preventative dental care. Emphasis is placed on the necessity for the dental assistant to recognize certain oral hygiene conditions and be able to express those conditions professionally to the patient. Covered in the lecture and in the clinic are the expanded functions, as defined by the MA Dental Practice Act, of coronal polishing, sealant application, oral hygiene instruction, and basic nutritional counseling. Students develop their clinical skills in the clinic on manikins and on each other. 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab/clinic.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of DAS 101, DAS 102, DAS 104, DAS 105, DHY 152
Note(s): Students will make a presentation to area elementary school children on preventive dentistry.
Course Student Learning Outcomes:
- Assist in preventive procedures.
- Provide oral hygiene instruction.
- Perform the expanded functions of coronal polishing, fluoride application, and sealant application.
- Develop and deliver a nutritional preventive plan.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients, fellow classmates, and faculty.
- Present to elementary school children a presentation on oral hygiene care and basic nutrition to help prevent caries and gingival inflammation.
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