Bachelor of Dental Hygiene

Course Description


Course Title          :                        ORAL BIOLOGY

Course Number    :                            DEH 213

Credit Hours         :                      1 + 1 = 2

Course Description:

Topographic description of the mouth, lip, tongue with its covering specialized mucosa. Salivary glands, number, classification, function and structure of saliva. Histological structures of buccal mucosa and classification of oral mucosa. In the practical the student will see under the microscope the dental tissues and investing and surrounding structures as well as the periodontal ligaments. The different types of salivary glands (sub-lingual, submandibular and parotid glands).


Course Title            :                            DENTAL ANATOMY          

Course Number     :                           DEH 214

Credit Hours          :                      3 + 1 = 4

Course Description:

 This course acquaints the student with morphologic components of the natural dentition and surrounding structures including essential vocabulary and details of the anatomy of teeth.


Course Title            :                            ORAL PATHOLOGY          

Course Number     :                           DEH 215

Credit Hours          :                      2 + 1 = 3

Course Description:

Basic study of the tissues and diseases of the oral cavity with emphasis on periodontal tissues and the adjacent oral structures. The course will cover physical characteristics of malignant and benign tumors, oral manifestations of systemic disease and basic principles of cytology.


Course Title            :              INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE

Course Number     :                           DEH 241

Credit Hours          :                     1 + 1 = 2

Course Description:

 This course introduces students to the dental hygiene specialty, preoperative and preclinical dental hygiene concepts. Emphasis is placed on the duties and job description of the dental hygienists, introduction to the various tooth deposits and caries, as well as the theory of basic dental hygiene instruments. Upon completion, students should be familiar with the concept of dental hygiene, demonstrate knowledge of dental hygiene instruments, and will be ready to enter preclinical course.



Course Number    :                            DEH 351

Credit Hours         :                      2 + 0 = 2

Course Description:

An overview of the management of dental practice. Lectures will cover the planning of dental facilities, resource application, personnel and budget management, organizing and patient scheduling recall systems, dental record management, inventory control, budgeting and staff/ patient inter-action.




Course Title            :                            ORAL MEDICINE               

Course Number     :                           DEH 216

Credit Hours          :                      1 + 0 = 1

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 213, DEH 215

Course Description:

Clinical oral diseases are classified into: diseases caused by bacteria and their treatment and diseases caused by viruses and their treatment. Clinical precautions for transmission of these diseases. Tumors are classified into benign or malignant and their origin. Salivary glands diseases and treatment. Ulcers affecting the oral mucosa, appearance and way of treatment. The students should familiar with the different oral diseases by their clinical appearance.


Course Title            :            PRE- CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE

Course Number     :                           DEH 242

Credit Hours          :                     1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 241

Course Description:

This course introduces preoperative clinical dental hygiene concepts. Emphasis is placed on the theory of basic dental hygiene instrumentation.

The practical part of this course provides the students the opportunity to perform clinical dental hygiene procedures discussed in theory. Emphasis is placed on instrumentation techniques.

Pre-clinic labs enhance students’ manual instrumentation and dexterity skills prior to proceeding to patient treatment in clinic I.





Course Title            :                            EMERGENCIES IN DENTAL           

Course Number     :                           DEH 252

Credit Hours          :                      2 + 1 = 3

Pre-Requisite         :            CLS 212, DEH 214

Course Description:

This course studies the prevention and management of medical and/or dental emergencies that may occur in the dental setting. Topics covered include methods of prevention, emergency equipment/drugs, recognition and management of emergencies, and activation of the Emergency Medical Services as needed.



Course Title          :                       DENTAL MATERIALS

Course Number    :                            DEH 321

Credit Hours         :                      1 + 1 = 2

Course Description:

A lecture and laboratory course on the physical and mechanical properties of materials used in dentistry. Emphasis will be placed on those materials used in the clinical setting, their composition and manipulation.


Course Title            :                 PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY - I

Course Number     :                           DEH 343

Credit Hours          :                     2 + 0 = 2

Pre-Requisite      :          DEH 241, DEH213, DEH214,

Co-requisites:               DEH215

Course Description:

Philosophy and practice of prevention in dentistry, emphasis on diet and nutrition, the use of fluoride, regular visits to the dentist and effective home care procedures.


Course Title            :                            PHARMACOLOGY             

Course Number     :                           DEH 345

Credit Hours          :                     2 + 0 = 2

Pre-Requisite         :            CLS 212, DEH 213

Co-requisites:               DEH215

Course Description:

A basic overview of pharmacology including drugs categories, drugs actions, drugs inter-actions, and adverse drug reactions. Particular emphasis on those drugs used in dentistry.



  Course Title            :          PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY II           

Course Number     :                           DEH 344

Credit Hours          :                     1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 343

Course Description:

Clinical study and practice of oral prophylactic procedures, emphasis on areas of particular concern including the knowledge and understanding the necessary plan of preventive programs, to educate the patients in the practice of effective preventive dentistry and to practice diet analysis and counseling procedures

Clinics in College of Dentistry:

Students should learn how to give oral hygiene instructions, diet counseling, provide fluoride application (gel and varnish), and use pit and fissure sealants for teeth at risk of dental caries on patients.


Course Title          :                       CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE - I

Course Number    :                            DEH 346

Credit Hours         :                      1 + 3 = 4

Pre-Requisite       :      CLS 212, DEH 242, DEH 216, DEH 252

Course Description:

 This course is designed to provide the students with the concepts and theories related to the clinical practice of the dental hygienists.

The practical portion will introduce the students to the clinical setting at KSU. It is designed to guide the students in a step-by-step concept in the process of care provided by the dental hygienist, from the assessment phase to diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation practicing on peer patients. Upon completion, students should have the required skills and knowledge to treat at least two patients.



Course Title            :                      DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION

Course Number     :                           DEH 348

Credit Hours          :                      1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite         :             DEH 343

Course Description:

This course will provide students with an introduction to public health and dental public health concepts, including exposure to the foundational principles of health literacy and cultural sensitivity. It prepares students and practitioners, to be a resource to health care consumers regarding the promotion of oral health. It is the first in the series of community based curriculum in the program. Included in this course are detailed articulations concerning how individuals perceive oral health, how they can be motivated to improve oral health, and how oral health affects systemic health. Current consumer health care issues and their effect on oral health are explored drawing the connection between lifestyle influences and systemic health. Additionally, it explores practical methods for helping the student overcome communication difficulties between patients/clients, community organizations, and other healthcare organizations. The student will also explore trends in health perceptions through the lifespan, from infancy to old age. Students will design, develop and deliver a one session service-


Course Title            :                                              DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY              

Course Number     :                           DEH 361

Credit Hours          :                      2 + 1 = 3

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 213, DEH 214, DEH 215

Course Description:

A lecture and practical course designed to examine the use of radiation in dental practice including a study of the physical properties of radiation, biological effect on the patient, Traditional radiography (basic components of the film, processing, in addition to principle of digital radiography, the practical part is concerned with radiographic images taking between students and radiographic interpretation.






Course Number    :                            DEH 462

Credit Hours         :                      1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite        :             DEH 321

Course Description:

Lecture and laboratory instruction in basic dental laboratory techniques covering base-plate and occlusion rims, simple denture repair, construction of study models for orthodontic purposes, cast construction and waxing single unit restoration.


Course Title          :              CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE- II

Course Number    :            DEH 347

Credit Hours         :             1 + 3 = 4

Pre-Requisite        :    DEH 344, DEH 346, DEH 348, DEH 361

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of the previous clinical practice course and includes the treatment of special patient populations, individualized patient counseling and management, advanced periodontal instrumentation, introduction to ultrasonic scaling and air-powder polishing devices, and the delivery of local anesthetic and antimicrobial agents.



Course Title            :                     COMMUNITY DENTISTRY

Course Number     :                           DEH 445

Credit Hours          :                     2 + 2 = 4

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 344, DEH 348

Course Description:

A lecture and practical course that covers epidemiology and biostatistical principles of dental disease. Emphasis will be placed on the dental hygienist's role in the community as an advocate of health education and dental care. Practical sessions will require the student to develop and present programs in community dentistry for target populations such as prenatal and postnatal women; school aged children, the aged as well as the general population




Course Title            :                            DENTAL ASSISTING         

Course Number     :                           DEH 454

Credit Hours          :                     2 + 1 = 3

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 462

Course Description:

Introduction to dental assisting covering basic principles topic will include:  assisting at the chair side in diagnostic, operative, surgical, periodontal, preventive, orthodontic, removable and fixed prosthodontics procedures and application of current concepts of dental assisting.



Course Title          :                 ORAL HYGIENE AND HOSPITAL INPATIENT

Course Number    :               DEH 473

Credit Hours         :                1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite        :      DEH 344, DEH 348

Course Description:

Definitions and classification of different hospitalized patients. Oral hygiene and general medicine. Oral hygiene and cardiovascular patients. Oral hygiene and kidney diseases patients. Oral hygiene and pulmonary diseases patients. Oral hygiene and intensive care patients. Diabetes mellitus, traffic accidents, fractures and oral hygiene care. In the practical part, the students go to the hospital and teach the nursing staff how to care with oral hygiene of the hospitalized patients, the students will educate the patients the way of prevention of oral and dental diseases.




Course Title            :            CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE - III

Course Number     :           DEH 442

Credit Hours          :            0 + 3 = 3

Pre-Requisite       :     DEH 252, DEH 344, DEH 345, DEH 347

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of the previous Clinical Dental Hygiene courses designed to enhance clinical knowledge and skills through clinical application on a variety of patient cases - including but not limited to - medically compromised, periodontally involved, and/or advanced scaling cases. Students will receive guidance during patient care to increase clinical competency, as well as treat, follow-up and present an adult patient case while emphasizing the need for comprehensive care of every patient.


Course Title            :      ADVANCED DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY              

Course Number     :                           DEH 461

Credit Hours          :                      1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 213, DEH 214, DEH 215, DEH 361

Course Description:

The course consists of lecture and practical parts that is more  concerned with Extra oral and advanced radiography used in dentistry , in addition to highlighting the principles in interpreting and diagnosing lesions, trauma and other abnormal findings, in both intra oral and extra oral radiographs.



Course Number    :                            DEH 471

Credit Hours         :                      1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite        :             DEH 344, DEH 348

Course Description:

Lecture and clinical instruction in the relationship of partial denture design and oral health. Consideration of the different types of denture cleansers available and their application on acrylic or metal dentures.




Course Number    :                            DEH 474

Credit Hours         :                      1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite        :              DEH 445, DEH 344, DEH 348                                       

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the student with the concepts and theories related to oral health education. 

The theoretical part will review different kind of sensory and intellectual disabilities, and techniques that can be used to promote good oral care and motivation for such patients. 

The practical portion will introduce the student to a Varity of disabled care centers and schools. Student will be guided in a step-by-step process in assessing oral health needs for this part of community, planning oral health programs, designing power point presentations and brochures for care givers, evaluating the program and conducting a lesson plan. 

Upon completion, student should have the required skills and knowledge to deal with special needs patients and to conduct an oral health educational program for this group. 



Course Title            :                      CLINICAL PRACTICE - III

Course Number     :                           DEH 453

Credit Hours          :                     0 + 4 = 4

Pre-Requisite         :            DEH 344, DEH 347

Course Description:

The techniques of cleaning, polishing and scaling teeth and the application of prophylactic solutions to the teeth, as well as other clinical skills preformed on different types of patients. The role of dental educator will be an essential feature of the in service element.

Continuous Clinical Assessment: Students are assessed every clinical session for each patient they treat by their supervising instructor.



Course Title          :               ORAL HYGIENE AND YOUNG    PATIENTS

Course Number    :                  DEH 472

Credit Hours         :                                      1 + 1 = 2

Pre-Requisite        :         DEH 344, DEH 348

Co-Requisite        :          DEH 453

Course Description:

Lecture and clinical instruction in the special requirements of oral hygiene procedures related to fixed and removable functional and non- functional orthodontic appliances as well as general preventive dental care for the child patient covering behavior management


Course Title            :                            SEMINAR             

Course Number     :                           DEH 491

Credit Hours          :                      2 + 0 = 2

Co-Requisite          :            DEH 453

Course Description:

Students are asked to either conduct a research as an extensive literature review or a study in appropriate dental subjects that relates to dental hygiene field.

The project is under the supervision of a faculty member, and it’s presented at the end of the semester in the form of a word document and as a power point presentation