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Unit information: Special Care Dentistry - Dental Therapy in 2018/19

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Unit name Special Care Dentistry - Dental Therapy
Unit code DENT10013
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Duncan
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit introduces the student to subjects of Dental Public Health and Behavioural Sciences with relevance to the care of the patient.

The unit aims are:

  • To provide the student with the tools to gain an understanding of the social and behavioural issues that influence dental health and disease
  • To provide the student with a sound basis for providing information and advice on the main aspects of oral health

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit the student will:

  • Have knowledge of communication with patients, other members of the dental team and other health professionals.
  • Have knowledge of social, cultural and environment factors that determine oral health and illness.
  • Have knowledge of the prevalence and distribution of certain dental conditions in the UK and the provision of dental services for a community taking into account the changing demography of the population.
  • Be familiar with the social and psychological issues relevant to the care of patients
  • Have knowledge of the role of the dental team in the facilitation, provision and care of disabled people.
  • Be familiar with the medical and social models of disability and the resulting consequences and impact on the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Be familiar with an evidence-based approach to treatment.

Teaching details

  • Lectures
  • Small group teaching
  • Independent study

Assessment Details


Open book essay on the care of the elderly. This essay has a word count of 2000 and the pass mark is 50%.


2 hour formative written paper on prevention including social, cultural and environment factors that determine oral health and illness.

Reading and References

Behavioural Sciences for Dentistry, Gerry Hamphris, Margaret S Ling, ISBN;0-44305-190 9

Health Promotion – Foundation for Practice, Jennie Naidoo and Jane Wills,

Scientific basis of Health Education, Levine and Stillman-Lowe, ISBN 0 904588 84X