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Unit information: Oral Health Science Year 2 in 2016/17

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Unit name Oral Health Science Year 2
Unit code ORDS20017
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mrs. Edwards
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Oral Health Science Year 1

Co-requisites

N/A

School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

This unit is only taught on the Diploma in Dental Hygiene.

Year 2

Elements:

  1. Dental Caries
  2. Fluoride
  3. Recognition of Malignant & Potentially Malignant Lesions
  4. Common Diseases of the Oral Tissues, Tongue & Salivary Glands
  5. Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease, Oral Infections and Ulceration
  6. Dental & Oro-facial Pain
  7. Common Oral Surgical Procedures/ Periodontal Surgery

This unit will commence in year two and will cover aspects of systemic and localised common oral disease/disorders which affect dental management and be competent to make referrals to appropriate health professionals.

This unit also comprises of dental hard tissue loss (i.e. dental caries) with specific relevance to the Dental Hygienist in recognition, management/ advice and referral to appropriate health professionals. This incorporates the mechanisms of action and uses of fluoride in the prevention and treatment of dental caries.

Aims:

The aim of this unit is to develop abilities in management of own time/ resources and inspire professional research skills, analytical thought processes and development of a commitment to lifelong learning.

Students can recognise abnormality and appreciate when urgency of referral is required.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Recognise and act upon the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients.
  • Be familiar with the manifestations of common oral diseases/ disorders, their investigation and management, relevant to the practice of Dental Hygiene.
  • Be familiar with the main medical conditions that may alter the management of the patient during Dental Hygiene practice.
  • Be familiar with the pathological features and dental relevance of common disorders of the major organs systems.
  • Have knowledge of the principles involved in inflammation, immunology, would healing, neoplasms and the spread of infection.
  • Have knowledge of the aetiology, epidemiology prevention and treatment of dental caries in relation to dental hygiene practice.
  • Have knowledge of the modes of action and application of fluoride in the prevention and treatment of dental caries.
  • Be familiar with the use of conscious sedation in the treatment of dentally anxious patients.

Teaching details

Small Group seminars

Independent study

Lectures

Clinical Placements/ Practical Skills throughout year 2

Assessment Details

Formative:

Dental Caries

Continuous assessment (CA) on clinic using a predetermined standard assessment scheme, graded with immediate feedback to the student by clinical staff.

Students overall performance in the programme will be reviewed and discussed at the School Progress committee.

Failure to comply with completion of formative assessments by the stated end of term deadlines will be raised at the Progress Committee. Any performance not completed or deemed unsatisfactory will be reviewed along with the students overall performance and may affect the students progression. Students overall performance in the programme will be reviewed and discussed at the School Progress committee.

Fluoride

CA - students attend specialist Clinics to see patients in year 2 term 2.

Recognition of Malignant & Potentially Malignant Lesions

CA students attend specialist Oral Medicine Clinics to see patients in year 2 term 2.

Common Diseases of the Oral Tissues, Tongue & Salivary Glands

CA – students attend specialist Oral Medicine Clinics.

Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease, Oral Infections and Ulceration

CA – students attend specialist Oral Medicine Clinics.

Dental & Oro-Facial Pain

CA – students attend specialist Oral Medicine Clinics.

Common Oral Surgical Procedures / Periodontal Surgery

CA – students attend specialist Oral Medicine Clinics.

Summative:

This unit has no internal summative assessment. However Oral Health Sciences topics can be assessed within Finals examinations for the Diploma in Dental Hygiene.

Reading and References

A Colour Handbook of Oral Medicine. Author: Lewis & Jordan. ISBN: 978-1840760330

Essentials of Dental Caries. Author: Edwina. A.M. Kidd. ISBN: 978-0198529781

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