Course Title: Apply professional tooth whitening agents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: DENT5822

Course Title: Apply professional tooth whitening agents

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact: Sue Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deborah Brown

Nominal Hours: 25

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

HLTAMBFC301B - Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care
TAFEDH011 - Take impressions and construct study models
TAFEDH015 – Manage patients with simple to moderate dental hygiene treatment needs
TAFEDH016 - Use chemotherapeutic agents to manage and prevent oral conditions and disease
HLTDA417A - Take a clinical photograph

Course Description

This unit deals with the knowledge and skills required to initiate bleaching treatment for cosmetic purposes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH024 Apply professional tooth whitening agents


1. Preparation and presentation of the surgery

Performance Criteria:

1.1 All equipment, materials and instruments required for the selection of bleaching agents are gathered and arranged within the treatment cubicle

1.2 Review patient‟s case notes and approved treatment plan, and prepare to cater for any predetermined special needs of the patient

1.3 Bleaching agents are selected using evidence based criteria and according to relevant guidelines and manufacturer‟s recommendations to ensure patient‟s safety

1.4 Equipment and instruments are maintained according to relevant guidelines for instrument maintenance

1.5 All necessary safety precautions during the preparation and presentation stages have been followed


2. Prepare the patient for the application of bleaching agents

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Patient‟s medical history and records are reviewed to eliminate any contraindications to proposed application and to confirm treatment prescriptions

2.2 Patient‟s treatment plan, records and radiographs are reviewed to determine and confirm the prescription of bleaching agents

2.3 Customised stents that have been previously constructed are available for use if indicated

2.4 An explanation of the actions of the selected bleaching agent and/or devices, the application procedure, the potential side effects and the predicted outcome, is given to the patient. Adhering to the principles of informed consent, the patient is informed of possible negative outcomes resulting from any planned treatment. Consent is confirmed with the patient

2.5 The patient is given the opportunity to ask questions concerning any aspect of the proposed bleaching agent or device that is to be used and any concerns or issues are clarified

2.6 Periodontal debridement carried out on prior appointments is reviewed to confirm readiness for the initiation of bleaching

2.7 All extrinsic staining/discolouration on the patient‟s teeth is removed from smooth and fissured enamel surfaces

2.8 Stains/discolouration are reviewed after completion of periodontal debridement and stain removal, to confirm the need for bleaching, and any concerns at this stage are redirected to the dentist

2.9 All proposed treatment applications are carried out according to occupational health, safety and welfare guidelines and Infection control policy and procedures


3. Initiate prescribe bleaching treatment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Application procedures ensure patient and operator safety and comfort

3.2 Apply prescribed agents and devices according to relevant guidelines and manufacturer‟s recommendations

3.3 Patient is given clear instructions on the home use of any recommended bleaching agent and/or device

3.4 Follow up care is planned to monitor patient progress, treatment outcomes and safe use

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have the knowledge and skills required to initiate bleaching treatment for cosmetic purposes.

Details of Learning Activities

Lectures and workshop

Assignment: discussion board activities/prescribed readings of articles

Simulated practical activities

Formative self assessment quiz following prescribed reading

Teaching Schedule

September 6th - Online: Types of tooth discolouration, Bleaching agents, Contraindictions

September 8th - Prepare the surgery, assessing the patient, taking a shade, technique for application. Sim Lab in the afternoon - apply barrier and bleaching agent

September 9th - Rad Lab: Review medical and dental history, informed consent, take a shade, apply barrier and bleaching agent, post whitening instruction

September 16th - Colgate Seminar: Whitening and the role of Triclosan

September 29th - Clinical Assessment

October 14th - Written Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Before the critical aspects of evidence are considered all prerequisites must be met.

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • candidates must demonstrate their ability to apply essential knowledge identified for this competency unit before undertaking independent workplace application
  • this competency unit should be assessed in conjunction with relevant competency unit(s) in delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)
  • evidence must demonstrate the individual’s ability to apply their knowledge within the requirements of dental hygiene practice 
  • consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of workplace situations relevant to an identified work role 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: 

Practical Assessment

Assessment 2:

Written theory examination


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria Covered

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To be deemed competent you 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

Written exam with a pass mark of 70%

Clinical Assessment: Demonstrate competency once in a clinical setting marked against an Assessment check sheet. A rubric will be available on Blackboard 3 weeks prior to the assessment along with critical elements with either a Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory result.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Note: The Pass mark for the exam is 60%. Assignment will be marked as Satisfactory/Not satisfactory. Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment if there are minor amendments to be made and this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator. The practical assessment will take place in the clinic or simulated clinic. Students will be required to provide limited non invasive treatment procedures related to this unit on a fellow student for assessment purposes. Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in all tasks to achieve Competence for this course. Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A application form (available  at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 3 of Dental Hospital. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. 

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