Course Title: Use chemotherapeutic agents to manage and prevent dental disease

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5814

Course Title: Use chemotherapeutic agents to manage and prevent dental disease

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Sonia Moore Tel 9341 1419

Nominal Hours: 30

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

TAFEDH003 - Analyse oral status
TAFEDH012 - Apply reflective practice and critical thinking and analysis in dental health
TAFEDH015 – Manage patients with simple to complex dental hygiene treatment needs

Course Description

This unit deals with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that underpin the use of fluoride and chemotherapeutic agents in dentistry as both therapeutic and preventive treatment measures.
It includes the design, delivery and evaluation of customized fluoride programs and/or chemotherapeutic agents that promote oral health and control dental disease on an ongoing basis.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH016 Use chemotherapeutic agents to manage and prevent dental disease


2. Devise and implement a fluoride therapy and/or chemotherapeutic agent preventive strategy to address identified oral conditions and disease

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Interpret periodontal presentation to diagnose and classify periodontal health
2.2 Use specialised knowledge to identify and record the clinical presentations of the classified periodontal
2.3 Interpret implications and significance of periodontal presentation where severity of disease is outside the scope of dental hygiene practice for the purpose of communication and referral with the dentist and periodontist


4. Apply topical fluoride and/or chemotherapeutic agent

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select appropriate apparatus and materials with consideration to specified patient requirements
4.2 Following manufacturer’s instruction and recommendations, fluoride and/or chemotherapeutic agents are applied in accordance to the formulated dental hygiene treatment plan

4.3 Monitor patient comfort and safety during the procedure following occupational health, safety and welfare guidelines and infection control policies and guidelines
4.4 Inform the patient directly following completion of the procedure, of post-operative instructions and provide an opportunity to ask questions
4.5 Provide the patient with clear home usage instruction of a fluoride and/or chemotherapeutic agent to support ongoing management/prevention of dental disease and dentinal hypersensitivity and is supported by demonstration
4.6 Plan, monitor and review patient compliance, treatment progress, outcomes and safety of use of the fluoride
and/or chemotherapeutic agent (s)
4.7 Make modifications as required and determined by patient progress, compliance and needs


3. Prepare and assess the patient for fluoride and/or chemotherapeutic agent application

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Review the patient’s medical history, records and treatment plan to confirm treatment prescription and eliminate any contraindications of use
3.2 Select fluoride and/or chemotherapeutic agents and devices according to current evidence based criteria,
clinical findings, patient risk assessment category and relevant guidelines
3.3 Provide an explanation of the fluoride and/or chemotherapeutic agent selection and application procedure for 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 providing opportunity for questions


1. Prepare and present surgery

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Used specialised knowledge to associate microscopic characteristics and anatomy of tissues to the form and
function of the periodontium
1.2 Identify and interpret the structure and function of the periodontium
1.3 Interpret radiographic appearance of the periodontium in relation to clinical appearance

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that underpin the use of fluoride and chemotherapeutic agents in dentistry as both therapeutic and preventive treatment measures.

Details of Learning Activities

These include lectures, tutorials. Pre-Clinical and clinical practice in the simulation lab / undergraduate teaching clinic

Teaching Schedule

April 10thONLINE: Pre-class research task
Viva learning course: F-, Ca+, PO4
17thIvoclar: Chemotherapeutics seminar 
27thSIM LAB: Dentine hypersensitivity & caries
11thSIM LAB: Chlorhexidine 
15thONLINE: dentine hypersensitivity course 
21stTutorial – exam preparation 
25th Task 1Practical Assessment
June 19th Task 2 exam**

** Exam is co-assessed with TAFEDH015

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A complete book list will be provided during Orientation and is available on Blackboard


Other Resources

A range of additional resources and references will be provided through My Studies on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes written tasks, Pre clinical and Clinical practical tasks

Assessment Tasks

There are two assessment tasks

Task 1 Practical assessment 25th May

Task 2 Written exam   19th June co-assessed with TAFEHD015

Assessment Matrix

Available on Blackboard

Other Information

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 student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the 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 hours of the scheduled time of examination
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 this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in both tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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