Sep 29, 2023
DENA 1011 - Dental Assisting Pre-Clinic I Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course is the first in a 2-part series that helps prepare the student for clinical activities. Topics include oral embryology/histology, oral health, dental nutrition, general anatomy/physiology, head & neck anatomy, and tooth morphology. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements. Acceptance in the Dental Assisting Program is required.
Recommendation: Concurrently enrolled in DENA 1000 and DENA 1012 .
- Basic human anatomy and physiology
- Blood supply of the head and neck
- Bones of the cranium and face, and relation to body systems
- Components and functions of the body systems
- Composition, formation, and eruption of the teeth
- Dental nutrition, diet, and the effects on teeth
- Dental plaque and its relation to dental disease
- Diet evaluation and consultation
- Handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste
- Oral histology and embryology and morphology
- Preventative dentistry and personal oral hygiene-self brush and floss
- Tooth identification and anatomical features of each tooth and model waxing
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
- Define the assistant’s role in preventive dentistry.
- Demonstrate flossing and brushing on self.
- Prepare a slide of dental plaque using a phase microscope for purposes of examining plaque bacteria and recognize dental caries as an infectious disease.
- Describe how nutrition is used in the profession of dentistry.
- Prepare a diet evaluation for a classmate and an outside patient.
- Identify the teeth by name, location, and anatomical structures.
- Identify dental arches and surfaces of the teeth.
- Reproduce teeth using dental wax on a dental cast.
- Describe the structure, function, and landmarks of the face and oral cavity.
- Describe the life cycle of a tooth and identify the stages of development.
- Identify the parts of the tooth, the surrounding tissues and structures of the gingival and the oral mucosa.
- Describe head and neck anatomy as it relates to location of structure and function.
- List the components and functions of each of the body systems.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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