The Dental Hygiene Program prepares students for the practice of dental hygiene. A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is a licensed professional who is part of the dental care team, performing such services as oral examination, oral prophylaxis (scaling, root planing, soft tissue curettage and polishing the teeth), exposing and processing dental x-rays, administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation for pain control, applying preventive substances such as topical fluorides and dental sealants, along with instructing patients in oral disease control and nutrition.
All dental hygiene didactic instruction is taught at Oxnard College. Students should plan to complete general education requirements prior to program entry in order to be eligible for a Dental Hygiene Associate of Science Degree upon graduation. Practical clinical experience is gained through patient experiences at our on-site dental hygiene clinic. Successful students are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (written) and a clinical examination through the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) or the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) and must take the California Law & Ethics exam (written) in order to gain licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist.
This course is an introduction to the field of dentistry with a specific focus on the basics of dental hygiene. Emphasis will be placed on dental terminology, communication, critical thinking skills, along with some of the basic clinical techniques required for the practice of dental hygiene.
This course focuses on dental embryology, dental histology, the clinical recognition of normal oral structures, the physiological and structural functions of teeth and supporting tissues, and oral anatomy as related to dental hygiene procedures.
This course teaches the fundamentals of radiation safety and the operation of dental radiology equipment, along with the clinical application of procedures involved in exposing, processing, mounting and interpreting dental radiographs. This course presents the opportunity to gain certification to legally take dental radiographs.
This course studies the anatomical structures of the head and neck regions and relates these structures to the clinical practice of dental hygiene.
This course teaches the principles and practices of prevention and control of dental diseases with emphasis on nutrition, plaque control, motivation, and chairside patient education.
This course is an introduction to all theoretical and didactic components of the practice of dental hygiene, including disease transmission and prevention, universal precautions, record keeping documentation and protocol, and dental hygiene instrumentation for scaling and root planing.
This course is an introduction to all clinical procedures, such as maintaining the chain of asepsis, and skills, like identifying plaque and calculus, needed for the practice of dental hygiene.
This course teaches pharmacology, physiology, and proper use of local anesthetic agents. The course also teaches the anatomy of the trigeminal nerve, physiology of nerve conduction, how anesthesia works, and prevention and management of emergencies.
This is a study of the pathological processes of inflammation, immunology defense, degeneration, neoplasm, developmental disorders, and healing and repair. This class focuses on the recognition of abnormalities in the human body with a special emphasis on normal and abnormal conditions in the oral cavity.
This course focuses on the classification and study of drugs according to origin, physical and chemical properties, therapeutic effect and values, particularly of drugs used in dentistry.
This course provides beginning clinical experience in the treatment of adult and child patients. Various clinical procedures utilizing scaling and polishing techniques, extraoral and intraoral inspections, cancer screening, dental and periodontal charting, plaque control instructions and topical fluoride application will be put into supervised practice.
This course is designed to provide additional didactic material for clinical procedures that students apply in clinical situations. Information presented in previous clinic/patient treatment-related courses is reviewed. Clinical issues and cases are reviewed and discussed.
This course in periodontics provides identification of the normal periodontium and recognition of deviations from norm. The etiology and principles of periodontal diseases, examination procedures, treatment and preventive measures are also examined.
This course teaches characteristics and alternative management techniques of individual patients with special needs, including providing motivation and honing interpersonal communication for these patients. The treatment of the compromised patient and myofunctional therapy is presented.
This course provides the basic principles of nutrition and its relationship to oral health and well-being. The students perform dietary surveys on clinic patients and plan nutritional dietary problems.
This course teaches the composition and application of various materials used in dental procedures. The fundamentals of chairside assisting while using dental materials are taught and the roles of the entire dental team in working with various dental materials in the care of oral dentition are covered.
This course expands knowledge of comprehensive dental hygiene care through lecture and group discussions. Didactic material from other courses is reviewed and supplemented. Clinical issues and cases are also covered.
This course provides intermediate experience in the treatment of dental hygiene patients to expand on the procedures and techniques and provides additional experience on more difficult patient cases.
This course enhances assessment skills applicable to the treatment of patients with advanced periodontal disease. This course teaches the dental hygienist ethical and clinical responsibility in periodontal disorders and the relationship of the specialty practice of periodontics within the broad scope of dentistry and legal ramifications thereof.
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of dental public health. The emphasis is placed on the role of the dental hygienist as an innovator of and educator in community health programs. Public health issues will be introduced and discussed.
This course emphasizes advanced dental hygiene skills and procedures; state board patient selection; ways to minimize occupational hazards common to dental practice; and interactional skill development for the dental practice.
This course presents office practice management; ethical and legal aspects of dentistry and dental hygiene; and business matters relating to dental hygiene practice.
This course emphasizes advanced treatment planning and treatment of advanced periodontal patients, and State Board review and preparation.
This course provides advanced clinical experiences in the treatment of adult patients. Various clinical procedures utilizing advanced scaling and root planing, polishing techniques, extraoral and intraoral inspections, cancer screening, dental and periodontal charting, plaque control instructions, nutritional counseling, and topical fluoride will be put into supervised practice.
This class is the laboratory portion of the community oral health courses (the lecture portion is Community Oral Health for Dental Hygiene I, DH R036). It uses community settings as the forum to relay the principles of dental public health as they relate to both children and adult populations.
This course examines the fundamental factors necessary to be employed and practiced within the ethical and legal framework of the state dental practice act and the code of ethics of the American Dental Association.
This course provides clinical practice for students as they prepare to take the state dental hygiene licensure examination.
This course provides the opportunity for additional instruction in dental hygiene clinical skills and related studies.
For more information contact:
Dental Hygiene Program (805) 678-5823
Susan McDonald firstname.lastname@example.org