Course Title: Implement an individualised oral hygiene program

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2017

Class Number: 4033

Class Section: GPA

Course Code: DENT5848C

Course Title: Implement an individualised oral hygiene program

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4385 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Sue Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 330

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to implement an individualised oral hygiene program and promote oral health. This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting the general well-being of patients through promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN004 Implement an individualised oral hygiene program


1.Implement a prescribed oral health education program

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow a prescribed oral health education program 1.2 Review patient's current oral hygiene routines 1.3 Provide information on the causes and prevention of oral diseases to patient or carer appropriately and completely using language that can be easily understood 1.4 Provide an appropriate environment for patient or carer to ask questions and become involved in improving their oral health 1.5 Actively encourage patient or carer to follow an effective individual oral health program 1.6 Implement a review strategy to determine the effectiveness of the oral health education program


2. Demonstrate oral hygiene techniques to patient or carer

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Demonstrate the presence of plaque to patient or carer using disclosing solution 2.2 Demonstrate a variety of relevant oral hygiene techniques specific to patient needs 2.3 Provide information about the advantages of different oral hygiene techniques and involve patient or carer in the decision-making process 2.4 Assist patient or carer in implementing relevant oral hygiene techniques 2.5 Demonstrate how to use appropriate aids specific to patient needs and necessary to achieve and maintain effective oral hygiene 2.6 Evaluate patient or carer oral hygiene techniques and give further instruction when appropriate 2.7 Provide information appropriately on the effectiveness and availability of fluoride as directed by the operator


3. Provide appropriate advice on cariogenic food and drinks

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Involve patient or carer in a review of current dietary habits 3.2 Develop and give patient or carer appropriate information on acids and fermentable carbohydrates in a manner they can understand 3.3 Actively encourage patient or carer to ask questions or express views


4. Perform a saliva diagnostic test and record the results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Provide full details of the procedure to patient or carer 4.2 Provide specific instructions to patient or carer before the appointment where a saliva diagnostic test is planned 4.3 Select and prepare appropriate materials for a saliva diagnostic test 4.4 Perform a resting or unstimulated saliva test and record the result in accordance with manufacturers' instructions 4.5 Perform a stimulated saliva test and record the result in accordance with manufacturers' instructions


5. Implement a prescribed prevention program to suit an individual patient

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Provide information appropriately, and as directed by the operator, on lifestyle change to assist with diminished salivary flow 5.2 Provide appropriate information on materials that can provide additional external protection to the teeth 5.3 Explain methods to increase salivary stimulation as directed by the operator 5.4 Assist the patient or carers to implement prescribed oral hygiene programs in response to saliva quality and composition

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to;

  1. Implement a prescribed oral health education program
  2.  Demonstrate oral hygiene techniques to patient or carer
  3.  Provide appropriate advice on cariogenic food and drinks
  4.  Perform a saliva diagnostic test and record the results
  5.  Implement a prescribed prevention program to suit an individual patient

Details of Learning Activities

Face to face lectures will introduce you to the key concepts and theories.
Specialist Industry presenters will promote the most current practice and technology in oral health.
Activities in class will include collaborative learning, worksheets, discussion and student presentations. 
Online Activity will include research, worksheet completion, presentation preparation and education units.

Teaching Schedule

 BLOCK                 Class Type SESSION TOPICS
Day 1 am
 Introduction to the unit
Assessment requirements What is oral health
Principles of oral health education (OHE)
The role of the DA in oral health education Target population groups
Health determinants


Day 1 pm

Medical history and patient questioning 
Factors that impact on oral health 1
Systemic diseases and medications
Introduction to healthy tissues and departure from normal

Day 2 am

Student to student practical activity

Factors that impact on oral health 2
Plaque (Biofilm) Composition Stages of formation
Plaque disclosing and interpretation Modified Turesky index and

O Leary’s index Learning task

OHP 1 Day 2 pmFactors that impact on oral health 3
Saliva/ diminished saliva
Salivary stimulation task
 ONLINE Activity 1Complete plaque and saliva learning tasks
Complete reading and learning task : patient centered care
ONLINE Activity 2Fundamentals of oral anatomy
Structures of the oral cavity Landmarks of the head and neck,teeth and supporting structures. 
OHP 2 Day 1 amDental caries –Aetiology, rampant, childhood, root.
OHP 2Day 1 pmPeriodontal diseases & aetiology
Prevention strategie
OHP 2Day 2
Factors that impact on oral health 4
Nutrition fundamentals
OHP 2Day 2
Guest speaker: Colgate
Plaque control products
OHP 2Day 2

Guest Speaker.Saliva testing lecture, interpretation and prac Saliva testing prac Student participation

ONLINE Activity 1Factors that impact on oral health 4 (continues)
Nutrition fundamentals
ONLINE Activity 2

Australian nutritional guidelines and how to use
How much is too much sugar?
Hidden sugars in the diet: reading food labels Video :

How much sugar is in drink products
Dietary assessment of the patient: using the 3 day diet template
Short answer questions/case studies Self-review of dietary intake

ONLINE  Activity 3Oral health: influencing health behaviours
Effective communication Readings and task
OHP 3Day 1

Factors that impact on oral health 5
Smoking oral health Smoking cessation strategies

Motivational interviewing

OHP 3 Day 2Recording oral health patient activities
DHSV Titanium Codes for oral health
ONLINEActivity 1

Topic: Plaque control measures

Preparation for patient activities

Home study #1 ( videos )
 Tooth brushing techniques and aids
 Interdental cleaning and aids
 Oral appliances

ONLINEActivity 2 Home study #2 TASK
 Product comparisons for patient advice
 Xylitol
ONLINE Activity 3Online module
Home study #3 TASK
Topic: Motivational interviewing 
OHP 4Day 1

Group task

Oral presentation : Nutrition fundamentals

OHP 5.1Day 1 am

Minimal intervention strategies
Comprehensive oral examination/risk assessment
To prevent and control dental caries & periodontal disease Modifications for special needs ( disability, aged, child) Video: oral health education and the special needs patient Case studies

ONLINEActivity 1

Impact on oral tissues of
 Recreational drug use Medications Systemic diseases
 GERD Nutritional deficiencies and providing oral health advice

ONLINEActivity 2Topic: Fluoride in the communal water supplies
Legislative requirements in the use of fluoride
OHP 5.2 Online Activity 1Oral health and Special needs

 The aged person
 Disability and impairment
 Mental health including dementia
 Patient living with cancer
 Developmental disorders
OHP 5.2 Online  Activity 2 Traumatic injuries of teeth and tooth surface loss
 Abrasion
 Attrition
 Abfraction
 Tooth fracture
Prevention & management strategies
OHP 5.2 Online  Activity 3 Oral health and children’s needs
Sports injury prevention
Video : DHSV: health education and the child patient
OHP 5.4  ClassCase studies
Written assessment preparation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

provided complete and appropriate information to at least 10 different patients including:

  • providing information on the prevention of oral diseases
  • providing advice and demonstrating oral hygiene techniques
  • inform and motivate behaviour change.

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency.

Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks

Assessment Tasks

There will be 5 assessment tasks for this course.

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive verbal or written feedback on all assessment.

CodeTitleFormatLearning Outcome
 AT1 Oral anatomy reviewOnline Worksheet 


knowlege revision

 AT2 Nutrition through the life cycle Collaborative student presentation



content delivery

 AT3 Practical skills  collection Logbook of 10 patientsPractical skills implementation
 AT4 Knowledge test of knowledge Online test of knowldgeDemonstration of new learning
 AT5 Oral case study presentation Individual oral presentation


Individual oral presentation skill

Assessment Matrix
















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