Dental Hygiene (DHY)

DHY 120. Concepts of Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene I. 3 Credit Hours.

Development of basic foundations for competent delivery of preventive, therapeutic and educational dental hygiene services to the public. Establish a solid knowledge base for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. Theory and practical aspects of prevention of disease transmission and pre-treatment patient evaluation are emphasized. Basic instrumentation design and technique for use are covered in depth. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 121. Clinical Applications Lab I. 1 Credit Hour.

Application of introductory clinical assessment techniques. Theory and application of pit and fissure sealants. Proper positioning for the patient, operator, and dental unit for rendering effective patient treatment. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 125. Periodontics I. 2 Credit Hours.

A study of the healthy periodontium and an introduction to gingival conditions and diseases. Acquired soft and hard deposits as well as the microbiology of periodontal diseases are covered in depth. Methods of basic oral physiotherapy are introduced.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 126. Dental Radiology I. 2 Credit Hours.

A study of the production and effects of radiation. Emphasis is given to the effects of variations in exposure control factors, personnel and patient safety measures, and dental radiographic film and film processing. Anatomical landmarks, and their radiographic presentation are introduced. Techniques for placing, positioning, exposing, processing and mounting intraoral radiographs are covered in depth. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 127. Oral Anatomy. 3 Credit Hours.

Introductory study of the teeth, as well as intraoral and perioral structures. Anatomical features of the teeth and oral cavity are covered in depth. Processes and techniques for constructing dental chartings and dentition findings documentations are detailed. The dental caries process is introduced. Rationales and techniques for the use of pit and fissure sealants, as a supportive primary preventive procedure, are presented.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 128. Biomedical Sciences for the Dental Hygienist. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to acquaint the dental hygiene student with the basic concepts of pathophysiology. It will deal with selected conditions of the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, nervous and endocrine systems. Emphasis is on the relationship between these conditions and potential actions and treatment modifications in the dental health care setting.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, BIO 207, BIO 208, CHM 101 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 129. Dental-Medical Emergencies. 1 Credit Hour.

Survey of defects/medical problems that have dental management implications and/or possible medical emergency sequelea. Prompt, accurate and ethical emergency prevention, preparation and management techniques are detailed with related legal implications. One lecture hour per week.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 130. Concepts of Clinical Dental Hygiene II. 3 Credit Hours.

Techniques for the assessment of medical status and dental conditions as a basis for the dental hygiene diagnosis, and learning theory as a basis for patient education, are covered. Fluoride, as an individual and a community primary preventive measure, is emphasized. Extrinsic stain removal principles are included.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level, DHY 120, DHY 121 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 131. Clinical Applications Lab II. 1 Credit Hour.

Application of clinical assessment techniques and caries prevention agents, and instrument care and maintenance. Theory and application of periodontal probe instrumentation, and prostheses and appliances care and maintenance. Additional lab hours required. DHY 120, DHY 121 and Reading Proficiency.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level.

DHY 132. Clinical Dental Hygiene II. 4 Credit Hours.

Patient contact is established and coordinates with application of the theories, principles, and responsibilities related to dental hygiene practice at the student's current level of knowledge. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level, DHY 120, DHY 121 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 136. Dental Nutrition and Biochemistry. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts of biochemistry and cell metabolism, especially those which are required for a clear understanding of nutrition. Major topics of the course include energy balance and the chemistry, digestion, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Emphasis is on the importance and function of nutrients for health and disease prevention and the relation of nutrition and oral health.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, BIO 207, BIO 208, CHM 101 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 137. Anatomy and Embryology of the Head and Neck. 2 Credit Hours.

This course covers the gross morphology and embryology of the structures of the head and neck. Lectures in embryology emphasize development of the face and oral structures. Lectures on gross morphology emphasize the cranial nerves (especially the trigeminal and facial), the muscles of mastication and facial expression, and the blood and lymphatic vessels of the head and neck.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, BIO 207, BIO 208 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 138. General and Oral Pathology. 2 Credit Hours.

An introduction to general pathology with emphasis on oral pathosis. Oral diseases and oral manifestations of systemic diseases are studied in depth.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, DHY 127 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 142. Clinical Dental Hygiene Summer. 2 Credit Hours.

Students continue to apply the learned theories, principles and responsibilities related to the field of dental hygiene practice in the dental hygiene clinic. Additional lab hours required. DHY 132, DHY 130, DHY 131 and Reading Proficiency.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level.

DHY 172. Clinical Dental Hygiene: Summer Clinic. 2 Credit Hours.

In Clinical Dental Hygiene: Summer Clinic, students continue to apply the learned theories, principles, procedures, instrumentation and responsibilities related to the field of dental hygiene practice in the dental hygiene clinic.
Prerequisites: Current CPR-Basic Life Support with AED Certification and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 215. Pain Control. 2 Credit Hours.

Theory and clinical applications of pain control interventions appropriate for use within the context of dental hygiene care delivery. The psychology, physiology, and pharmacology of pain control are covered, with emphasis on the prevention, recognition and management of adverse reactions. Interventions within the legal scope of dental hygiene practice in Missouri are the focus of this course. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level, DHY 137 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 220. Concepts of Clinical Dental Hygiene III. 2 Credit Hours.

Introduction of additional clinical dental hygiene procedures including advanced periodontal instrumentation and skills to further develop the assessment and implementation of the dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment plan. Theories and principles for the use of power scalers, air polishers, pulp vitality testers, cast and models, tooth bleaching, and tray fabrication and use of the intraoral camera are covered. Research assignments for review of the current literature will continue.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, DHY 142, DHY 215, ENG 101 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 221. Clinical Applications Lab III. 1 Credit Hour.

Application of clinical dental hygiene concepts learned in Clinical Dental Hygiene III. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level, DHY 142, DHY 215 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 222. Clinical Dental Hygiene III. 4 Credit Hours.

Students continue to apply the learned theories, principles and responsibilities related to the field of dental hygiene practice in the dental hygiene clinic and at community dental health facilities. Additional dental hygiene modalities will be implemented into patient treatment care. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level, DHY 142, DHY 215, COM 101 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 223. Community Public Health. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide a study of the history, economics, and management of the public health organization, its delivery, and supportive services. Included are the assessment and control of dental disease through dental personnel roles in schools, industry, civic, and public organizations. Emphasis is placed on examinations of the principles of public health, epidemiological methods of investigation, the US health care system, basic concepts in research and biostatistics and community based program planning. Introduction to techniques for evaluating dental/dental hygiene literature is established.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, ENG 101, COM 101 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 225. Periodontics II. 2 Credit Hours.

Advanced study of the periodontium in disease. Periodontitis, and its various presentations, is covered in depth, with emphasis on assessment methods and dental hygiene interventions. Basic surgical concepts are introduced. Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, DHY 125, DHY 138, BIO 203, ENG 101 and Reading Proficiency

DHY 226. Dental Radiology II. 1 Credit Hour.

Advanced study of supplemental dental radiographic techniques and procedures used in contemporary dental practices and facilities. Emphasis is given to extraoral and digital radiography techniques. Supplemental procedures for edentulous and pediatric dental patients are presented. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, DHY 126 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 228. Dental Pharmacology. 2 Credit Hours.

A study of pharmaceutical classifications, properties and effects. Emphasis is given to the systemic effects of drugs and their dental implications in the management of various medical conditions.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, BIO 203 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 230. Transition into Professional Dental Hygiene Practice. 2 Credit Hours.

Dental hygiene care for cancer patients, dental implants and suspected cases of child abuse are introduced. The health care provider-patient legal relationship and state rules and regulations for the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene are emphasized. Employment-seeking skills are covered. This course includes a community service practicum learning component. Additional hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, DHY 220, DHY 221, DHY 222, DHY 223 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 232. Clinical Dental Hygiene IV. 4 Credit Hours.

Patient care continues and coordinates with the application of the theories, principles, and responsibilities related to dental hygiene practice in the dental clinic and at off-campus community rotation sites. Students will also complete a community service practicum field experience as a component of this course. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program, CPR health care provider level, DHY 220, DHY 221, DHY 222 and Reading Proficiency.

DHY 290. Dental Hygiene Skills Review. 1 Credit Hour.

Dental Hygiene Skills Review is an independent study course that is offered to make available review/remediation of dental hygiene skills for currently enrolled Dental Hygiene students and/or students re-entering the Dental Hygiene Program. It is contracted on an as needed basis only.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program and Reading Proficiency.