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Dental Hygiene 2

Course Details

Course Number
Spring 2015
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

COURSE: Dental Hygiene 2 (Lecture)

DNHY 3003

DAY/TIME: Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:20

1:00 - 2:50 specially scheduled clinic sessions

PLACE: Bridwell Hall Room 109 -110 & Gaines Clinic as scheduled


Martha Crump (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


This course focuses on the fundamental knowledge base necessary to instruct dental patients in prevention of oral diseases with a study of professional and patient utilized plaque removal techniques and aids as they apply to various age groups of patients, use of fluorides, care of hypersensitive teeth, and cleaning of dental appliances. An examination of common physiological characteristics of various age groups is conducted, with emphasis placed on how these factors might affect treatment. This course includes discussion and analysis of the patient/health care provider relationship regarding ethical and legal responsibilities of each. The initial class sessions as well as the specially scheduled clinical sessions focus toward treatment of the first patient to be appointed with the student. Patient selection is carefully monitored to insure the compatibility of the patient’s needs with the skills and knowledge base attained by the student clinicians.



1. Individual treatment planning is an essential part of dental hygiene care.

2. Certain physiologic conditions exhibit manifestations in the oral cavity.

3. Thorough plaque removal and the use of fluorides are essential factors in preventive dental care.

4. Health care providers owe certain duties to their patients.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

1. Describe the proper procedures involved in management of the oral conditions of patients across

the "life span", dependent upon their physiological status and specific dental needs.

2. Develop treatment plans for Class 1, Class 2, and Class 2+ clinical patients.

3. Recommend and demonstrate appropriate plaque removal techniques, and select appropriate

dental care products for individual patients according to age and oral conditions.

4. Select and demonstrate the proper procedures for cleaning dental appliances and dental implants.


5. Discuss fluoride in regards to systemic versus topical actions, methods of administration caries

reducing abilities, metabolism in the human body, toxicity, fluorosis, and use in desensitization.

6. Describe the legal relationship between the health care provider and the patient in terms of the

ADHA Code of Ethics, the "patient’s bill of rights", and the concept of "reasonable care"as

defined by law.

Course Expectations


During the semester you will be expected to attend a minimum of two (2) professional presentations outside of regularly scheduled dental hygiene courses. You will develop a portfolio including the following information: 1) certificates of attendance (if provided); 2) dates, locations and hours of attendance; 3) presenter (including all professional titles and certifications); 4) copies of all course notes/materials provided (if applicable). This portfolio will continue to be developed as you progress through the Dental Hygiene Program. It is expected that upon successful completion of the requirements of the Dental Hygiene program, and following graduation, this portfolio will provide an accurate assessment of extra-curricular professional development for the individual.


Taping of class lectures will be permitted, but ONLY with PRIOR APPROVAL of instructor.


Cell phone use of any manner is extremely disruptive to your fellow classmates and to the faculty teaching your course. Therefore the use of cell phones will not be tolerated, FOR ANY REASON. If you utilize your cell phone without prior permission, your phone will be confiscated for the remainder of the scheduled day. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be required to meet with the faculty and the chair of the Dental Hygiene Dept. In case of emergencies, please notify spouses, family and friends to contact you via the program secretary at 397-4764.

Grading Standards



Four exams will be given for this course. All exams will be based on the written objectives for the class sessions involved, and each may be comprehensive from the first class session. The Junior 2nd Semester Final Examination is a 4 hour examination which will serve as the final exam for each of the courses offered in the 2nd semester of the dental hygiene curriculum: Dental Hygiene 2 (DNHY 3003) , Periodontology (DNHY 3005), Oral Radiology II (DNHY 3102) and Pharmacology (DNHY 4103). This format, rather than utilizing individual final exams, will more effectively assess the student's ability to combine didactic and clinical content, utilize critical thinking skills, and aid in preparing the student for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam.


Students missing an exam due to illness will be allowed to make up the exam on the DAY OF their return to school. No grade higher than a 90 will be given for make-up examinations. Students will be allowed to make up only one (1) exam per semester. This does not include the final exam.

Water bottles, cell phones, calculators or computers are not allowed during examinations. Possession of any of these devices during an exam will be construed as academic dishonesty and will be dealt with accordingly.


All tests, as well as the Review of Literature / Health Fair Project will count equally in weight, meaning that the grades will be averaged for a final course grade.


A grade of "C" is required for successful completion of this course.

A = 92-100 C = 75-82

B = 83-91 D = 65-74 (Constitutes Failure of Course in Dental Hygiene)

Grading:                                   Exam # 1 = 20% 92 - 100 = A

                                                  Exam # 2 = 20% 83 -   91 = B

                                     Exam # 3 = 20% 75 -   82 = C

       Exam # 4 (Comp. Final Exam) = 20% 65 -   74 = D (Constitutes Failure

                    Table Clinic Project = 20% of course in Dent. Hyg.)


Final Exam 05/13/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Submission Format Policy


Students will work in groups to research and write a Review of Literature utilizing the American Medical Association (AMA) style. This project will utilize some class sessions to facilitate the students’ understanding of this writing style and type of professional paper. The review of literature will be the foundation used to format table clinic presentations for the MSU Health Fair. This project will count as one test grade. This project will constitute 20% of the final course grade for DH II 3003. Students will work in teams of three on this assignment. Each team will plan, develop, and then formally present their Review of Literature to the class. The Review of Literature should address content relating to dentistry or current dental practices or treatments. Content will then be utilized to develop a Poster Presentation/Table Clinic for presentation at the COHSHS Health Fair.



By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance is critical in order to achieve the maximum benefits of this course. Reviewing notes and the reading assignments without active participation in the course’s didactic and related clinical activities will not permit the student to adequately meet course objectives. Therefore, MORE THAN 2 ABSENCES FOR ANY REASON WILL RESULT IN THE FINAL COURSE GRADE BEING LOWERED ONE FULL LETTER GRADE. Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of 1 absence. In case of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made. Students are responsible for all material presented in lecture as well as assigned reading. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any handouts or notes missed in class.

Other Policies


Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4 618 or (940) 397- 4515.

It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.


All Dental Hygiene courses adhere to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Many components of DNHY 4022 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission. 

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. 

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.


The following is excerpted from Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 10th Ed, by Esther M. Wilkins, Chapter 1: "Each dental hygienist represents the entire profession to the patient being served. The dental hygienist’s expressed or demonstrated attitudes toward dentistry, dental hygiene, and other health professions, as well as toward health services and preventive measures, will affect the subsequent attitude of the patient toward other dental hygienists and dental hygiene care in general."

"A dental hygienist may be involved in a variety of moral, ethical, and legal situations as part of the daily routine." 

MSU COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee

All Midwestern State University (MSU) students may legitimately appeal a course grade if: 1) the student has not been evaluated according to the same criteria as his or her classmates, or 2) an error has been made in grading and/or posting (MSU Student Handbook, p. 37). In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students has the responsibility to enforce standards of conduct for students as outlined in the MSU Student Handbook (p. 70-80).

When enrolled in the college of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS), students are often assigned to community agencies, such as health care facilities, social service agencies, or athletic environments, as part of their academic process. During these experiences, the student is expected to behave in a manner required of professionals working in this environment. COHSHS students may also be required to successfully complete a licensing/certification process following graduation. As a result, students in these programs are often held to a different academic and/or behavioral standard than students in other MSU programs. For example, students may no be allowed to progress in a program if they have been unsuccessful (D or F) in a certain number of courses in the major. In these circumstances, COHSHS faculty and administration, all of whom have had similar professional experience, may make decisions which negatively impact students" programmatic progress.

COHSHS students have a right to a review of decisions made by the program faculty, which prevent individuals from progressing in their program in a timely manner. However, those who participate in the review must understand the context of the professions involved. Therefore, issues concerning the professional conduct of students in the COHSHS will NOT be brought to the University Grade Committee, but to the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee. Specifically, the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee will review faculty decisions related to:

• Student conduct in a clinical experience, internship, or other work-related environment that

negatively impact the student’s academic progress. This conduct may include behavior which is

prohibited by licensing and/or professional standards or departmental policy.

• Student removal from a program because of a) professional conduct issues, or b) failure to

maintain academic standards required specifically by the program*



Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at