Jan 22, 2022
DAST 1620 - Preventive Dentistry
Credit hours: 3
Lecture:45 contact hours
Laboratory:30-45 contact hours
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program, DAST 1540 - Dental Science I
A study of the practices and philosophy of preventive dentistry, which can be integrated into all dental settings. Includes oral hygiene, nutrition, counseling and safety.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
- State the reasons and methods for improving the nutritional status of the assistant and patients.
- Gain knowledge about the need for fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in the adult diet.
- Study the five basic food groups and My Plate
- Assess external and environmental factors that may influence a person’s nutritional habits. State a variety of examples
- Design a dietary evaluation and counseling session for your patient and present a program of change.
- Demonstrate a nutritional and appealing meal plan for a variety of special need patients.
- Judge the needs for preventive dental assisting and the consequences of patient neglect.
- Discuss the role of preventive dentistry concerning the dental specialties.
- Identify the following: Lingual Vitamin Test, Plaque Acquired Pellicle, Disclosing Agent, Personal Oral Hygiene, and C.C. Bass.
- Demonstrate competence in applying a disclosing agent, correct tooth brushing technique, correct flossing procedure, applying topical fluoride.
- Describe plaque: formation, contributing factors, and preventive steps, control counseling.
- Identify types and importance of dental fluoride.
- Describe “baby bottle syndrome” or “nursing bottle syndrome”: Cause and Prevention.
- Demonstrate knowledge of correct nutrition and how it influences many areas of the body and mind,
- Apply knowledge of correct nutrition in daily life.
- Assume responsibility for the general safety measures in all areas of dental practice.
- Demonstrate competence in dental office safety procedures for the patient/client.
- Demonstrate competence in personal safety measures.