Dental Hygiene

Dental HygieneDental Hygiene 


Allied Health and Nursing

Dental hygienists provide preventive dental health care, including educating the patient on the most effective tooth-brushing methods, and dental flossing techniques. Dental hygienists examine patients’ teeth, gums, and provide oral cancer screenings, record the presence of diseases or abnormalities, chart existing dental restorations, and/or suspected dental cavities, and chart periodontal -related concerns.

Dental hygienists can also place periodontal dressings; remove sutures; and smooth and polish metal restorations. They also remove calculus, stains and plaque/biofilm from teeth; expose and process dental radiographs; and apply cavity preventive agents such as fluoride and sealants. In most states, hygienists administer local anesthesia. Expanded educational programs will also train dental hygiene students to place and carve filling materials, and temporary fillings.

Dental hygienists also help patients develop and maintain good oral health habits. For example, they may explain the relationship between diet and oral health, inform patients how to select toothbrushes and show patients how to brush and floss their teeth.

Dental hygienists use hand and rotary instruments to clean teeth, X-ray machines to expose dental radiographs, and use visual aids such as models of teeth to explain oral hygiene. Recent literature has documented the oral-systemic connection, making the role of the dental hygienist crucial in educating the dentalpatient on his /her oral health as well as the patient’s overall-well-being.

Educational Opportunities in Dental Hygiene

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene
This program prepares students to perform dental hygiene services in accordance with the state practice act and is reflective of current theory and practice. Graduates are prepared to assume the role of the dental hygienist as a member of the dental health team.

Other Educational Opportunities in Allied Health

Other Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science
Major in Public Health
The public health program integrates classroom and experiential learning in many of its courses. There are five standard areas in public health training that enable students to perform the essentials services of public health. These are epidemiology, biostatistics, health services administration, environmental health and behavioral science/health education. The curriculum for the YSU bachelor’s degree in public health addresses each of the five core areas through multiple courses. This curriculum enables mastery at the bachelor’s level of the nationally recognized Public Health Core Competencies, and requires an internship tailored to the area of public health interests of each student. This contemporary major also includes three, (3) semester hour courses in bioterrorism, mass causality and crisis management in public health. The B.S.A.S. in public health can also prepare the student to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). CHES assess individual and community health needs; plan and implement effective healtheducation and health promotion programs; coordinate and manage the provision of health education and promotion services; effectively communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources; and conduct program evaluation.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree is intended to serve professional health-related, associate-degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials. The program is based on a two-plus- two concept where the associate-degree courses provide the technical education for the first two years of the baccalaureate-degree program. Following graduation with an associate’s degree, the student articulates directly into the plus-two component of the program. The plus-two component consists of a core of multidisciplinary courses, student-selected minor and general University requirements.

Master of Health and Human Services
The Master of Health and Human Services is a collaborative program program is structured as a weekend-college program with classes offered Friday evenings and on Saturday during the day. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.

Certificate in Health Care Management
The Certificate in Health Care Management is a collaborative program. The program is structured as a weekend-college program with classes offered Friday evenings and on Saturday during the day. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.

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