UW School of Dentistry

DENT 610

Introduction to Clinical Dentistry

Diane Daubert

2 Credits / Quarter 2 (Winter, First Year)

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to clinical dentistry. Students participate in classroom lectures with multidisciplinary faculty involvement including periodontics, restorative dentistry, endodontics, nutrition and medicine. Students will take the information learned in lecture and apply it to laboratory exercises.

Educational Objectives

Students will be introduced to the clinical aspects of dental education. Students gain the skills necessary to enter a clinical setting and are provided with clinical correlations to the biological sciences curriculum. Students will gain basic skills in dental assisting to enable to function in extramural rotations during summer quarter. Students will be trained to perform dental operatory set-up and clean-up with proper aseptic technique. Students will be able to make accurate patient chart entries in the format required at the University of Washington . Students will be able to assess oral hygiene and perform adequate personal oral hygiene as well as instruction for patients. Students will be able to assess the need for fluoride application and perform fluoride application on patients.

Course Outline

Topics covered include an overview of preventive dentistry; infection control procedures; anatomical structures of the oral cavity; clinic charts and treatment records; an introduction to teeth, dental charting, and periodontal structures; introduction to radiographs; four handed dentistry; personal oral hygiene and its role in preventive dentistry; ergonomics for long term success in dentistry; fluorides and nutrition in dental health and disease; protective mouth guards; professional ethics in dentistry; substance abuse awareness and prevention.

Course Expectations

Assessment is based on participation during each session. Attendance is mandatory. There will be three points given for each class period. Students arriving late or unprepared to class will lose 1 point, and a missed session will result in the loss of 3 points. There are three clinical competency exams which are not graded but must be passed to complete the course. There is one electronic nutrition module and 4 quizzes worth 10 points each. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. There will be no makeup sessions. There will be a final exam worth 40 points. The total points possible will be 100.

There are three clinical competency exams which are not graded but must be passed to complete the course. The competency exams will are as follows: Asepsis, Personal Oral Hygiene, and Patient Records.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned. Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 15: Assess the teeth and supporting structures and provide preventive services.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.


  • Oral Health Education by Kimbrough and Henderson, Pearson Education 2006 One copy will be on reserve in the library.
  • Course website

*last updated: 2/12/2013