Essentials of Dental Hygiene: Preclinical Skills

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Written and designed for first-year, first-semester dental hygiene programs, this easy-to-read and well-organized resource helps the reader develop basic introductory and practical skills. Each clinical process is written in a step-by-step fashion, an ideal format for the hands-on learner.

 

Features:
  • "Preclinical Tips" showcased in each chapter—interesting facts designed to measure and broaden the learner's knowledge.
  • Fundamental objectives and key terms listed at the beginning of each chapter establish a basis for understanding.
  • End-of-chapter review questions reinforce comprehension.

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Written and designed for first-year, first-semester dental hygiene programs, this easy-to-read and well-organized resource helps the reader develop basic introductory and practical skills. Each clinical process is written in a step-by-step fashion, an ideal format for the hands-on learner.

Features:
  • Free CD-ROM includes video of common techniques in dental hygiene practice, plus a large collection of color images.
  • "Preclinical Tips" showcased in each chapter—interesting facts designed to measure and broaden the learner's knowledge.
  • Fundamental objectives and key terms listed at the beginning of each chapter establish a basis for understanding.
  • End-of-chapter review questions reinforce comprehension.

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Essentials of Dental Hygiene is written for the first-year, first semester of the dental hygiene curriculum. The purpose of this book is to develop basic introductory skills that will be utilized while providing dental hygiene care in the clinical setting. The challenge for us was to design the book focusing solely on the skills necessary to provide initial treatment for the dental hygiene patient. We recognize there are more skills and services involved in the comprehensive care of the patient—those additional skills and services will be covered in a follow up textbook.

The ten chapters are introduced in the order the dental hygienist provides treatment for the patient. Each chapter is written in an outline format, which offers the student a comfortable style for reading the material, while providing basic, fundamental information. Each chapter provides the first-year dental hygiene student the opportunity to learn about an individual process or skill in a step-by-step sequence. Not only are the skills provided—the hows—but also the reasons—the whys.

Objectives are listed at the beginning of each chapter. This provides the student with fundamental concepts contained within the chapter. Key terms are also provided at the beginning of each chapter as a quick, easy glossary reference. Contained within each chapter are text boxes containing interesting information the dental hygiene student will find useful.

References to current literature are made throughout the book. They reflect current research results and support the philosophy of life-long learning. At the end of the chapter are review questions, which serve as a self-evaluation for the student. Students can review the text, answer the questions, and reflect back to the material to reinforce the information. In addition, a companion CD-ROM supplements the procedures presented in the written text through video clips and additional photographs.

Each chapter presents the following information:

  • Chapter 1, "Infection Control," focuses on the basic clinical applications of infection control necessary to provide dental care.
  • Chapter 2, "Medical/Dental Histories," introduces common conditions patients present with and how to address these conditions in a thorough and professional manner.
  • Chapter 3, "Vital Signs," stresses the need for baseline readings such as blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration and for determining contraindications for treatment based on the findings.
  • Chapter 4, "Extraoral and Intraoral Examinations," addresses techniques used and structures examined when providing an examination of the head and neck.
  • Chapter 5, "Examination and Charting of the Hard and Soft Tissues," discusses how to examine the dentition and to record findings on the dentition and periodontal charts respectively.
  • Chapter 6, "Preventive Dentistry," provides information used during oral hygiene instructions from plaque development to methods of plaque removal.
  • Chapter 7, "Ergonomics," stresses the importance of maintaining neutral body positions to protect the body from injury while providing dental hygiene care. Exercises are included that can be performed during the workday.
  • Chapter 8, "Instrumentation," introduces basic instrument setup used to provide dental hygiene care for the patient with minimal calculus and disease, since these are the patients most first-year students will perform on during their initial clinical exposure. Focus is on foundational skills and instrumentation principles.
  • Chapter 9, "Polishing," focuses on the theory of stain removal and explains the agents and techniques used to remove stain.
  • Chapter 10, "Fluorides," presents information needed to make an educated decision regarding the most appropriate and effective fluoride therapy for the patient.

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