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Introduction to Clinical Dentistry

Course Director: Diane Daubert
Credits: 4
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 1

Course Overview

This course introduces incoming students to clinical dentistry. They will learn from lectures and didactic activities to gather and manage fundamental clinical data and information necessary for dental clinic procedures. In addition, students will learn about the following complementary topics: basic tooth morphology using waxing techniques; cultural competency; and cultural humility and ableism.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Clinical Dentistry–Explain aseptic procedures in a clinical setting.
2. Clinical Dentistry–Apply correct dental anatomy terminology to a simulated dental examination.
3. Clinical Dentistry—Write a treatment note in SOAP format, incorporating the components of the dental record and the ethical and medical/legal implications of proper treatment notes.
4. Clinical Dentistry–Illustrate how to take a medical history and input this information into a dental record.
5. Clinical Dentistry–Identify the training requirements and duties of each member of the dental healthcare team.
6. Clinical Dentistry–Assess the effectiveness of oral hygiene techniques.
7. Clinical Dentistry–Describe methods for the prevention of dental trauma.
8. Clinical Dentistry–Apply principles of nutrition and oral health to nutritional self-assessment and dietary planning in patient simulations.
9. Clinical Dentistry—Identify factors affecting caries risk including salivary flow and access to fluoride.
10. Clinical Dentistry–Describe career-path options for dentists.
11. Clinical Dentistry–Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
12. Clinical Dentistry–Identify signs of impairment or psychological stress in self or colleagues, the avenues for help, and the professional responsibilities for reporting.
13. Cultural Competency–Recognize how cultural differences impact communication with patients from diverse populations.
14. Cultural Competency–Create an overview of health care disparities associated with oral health.
15. Cultural Competency–Outline strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services in oral health care settings.
16. Cultural Competency–Outline best practices for culturally and linguistically appropriate communication.
17. Cultural Humility–Critically self-reflect on growth as a culturally humble healthcare provider.
18. Cultural Humility–Outline strategies for addressing power imbalances in clinical settings.
19. Cultural Humility–Produce examples of how cultural humility extends beyond the patient-provider relationship.
20. Cultural Ableism–Produce examples of how ableism can manifest in medical settings.
21. Cultural Ableism–Describe models of disability, including medical, social, and biopsychosocial models.
22. Cultural Ableism–Outline best practices for improving cultural humility with patients with disabilities.
23. Dental Anatomy–Reproduce basic tooth morphology through waxing techniques.
24. Dental Anatomy–Discuss the components of tooth morphology.
25. Dental Anatomy–Correctly utilize waxing instruments.
26. Dental Anatomy–Discuss the relationship between a sound dentition and dental health.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-07, C-08, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-15, C-19, C-20, C-22, C-30, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2022-07-05