cod. 1010515

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Scienze tecniche mediche applicate (MED/50)
"scienze dell'igiene dentale"
Type of training activity
28 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
hub: -
course unit

Learning objectives

Provide safe patient care by following best practice and infection control procedures.
Practice the principles of the dental hygiene process of care while using an evidence-based approach
Display professional behavior by adhering to the Department's of Medicine and Surgery as well as Centro di Odontoiatria policies
Demonstrate dental hygiene process of care with different categories of patients.
Identify risks in practice and apply principles of safety related to the patient and to operators
Exhibit effective communication and interactive skills with patients, colleagues and other professionals.


Course unit content

This course is intended as an orientation to Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice. The primary focus is the knowledge and application of skills necessary to provide comprehensive patient care utilizing the inherent principles of the dental hygiene process of care.
It will be
• introduced the basic concepts relating to the characteristics of the professional profile
• analyzed and discussed the code of ethics and deontological principles
• presented the main National and International Professional and Scientific Associations for the dental hygienist

The following concepts of clinical evaluation and periodontal instrumentation will be illustrated:
• principles of ergonomics:
• classification of instruments
useful for hygiene treatment
• Patient assessment
Oral examination:
Periodontal examination
Dental examination
Assessment of needs and Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene treatment planning
• Manual and mechanical instrumentation techniques

The objectives and techniques for removing biofilm at home will be illustrated for different patients and clinical situations

Full programme


Linda D. Boyd,Lisa F. Mallonee,Charlotte J. Wyche,Jane F. Halaris Wilkins' Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist 14th edition- Ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning Feb 2023
Jane F. Halaris,Charlotte J. WycheActive Learning Workbook for Wilkins' Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist 14th edition - Ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning ed 2024

Jill S. Gehrig; Rebecca Sroda; DarleneSaccuzzo Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation, Enhanced-8th Edition-Jones & Bartlett Learning 2019

Gehrig, Jill S. Patient Asessment Tutorials: A Step-By-Step Guide for the Dental Hygienist. (4th Edition). Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2020.

Teaching methods

The lessons will be held in student classrooms and laboratory .

Assessment methods and criteria

The course exam will be oral and written.

Other information