Course Title: Perform a nutritional oral health assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5817

Course Title: Perform a nutritional oral health assessment

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

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

HLTAMBFC301B - Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care
HLTIN403B – Implement and monitor infection control policies and procedures
TAFEDH005 – Examine, record and assess patient histories and dental records to formulate a dental hygiene treatment plan
TAFEDH008 – Analyse diagnostic tests to determine oral health status
TAFEDH032 – Confirm physical health status

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to observe the condition of the patient and gather information relevant to the case, according to a nutritional dental health preventive practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH019 Perform a nutritional oral health assessment


1. Determine the scope of the assessment and patient needs in consultation with the dental hygiene examination

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Establish patient‟s purpose for consultation and identify the symptoms experienced
1.2 Explain the nutrition assessment process within the context of the dental hygiene examination
1.3 Diagnose and analyse cause and affect of identified dental demineralisation
1.4 Diagnose and analyse cause and effect of identified dental caries
1.5 Diagnose and analyse cause and effect of identified periodontal disease
1.6 Identify factors likely to have a negative impact on assessment in consultation with the patient and implement strategies to minimise the effects of these factors wherever possible
1.7 Define personal abilities, level of professional competence and parameters of role to the patient
1.8 Refer patient to other health care providers where their needs are identified as beyond the scope of the dental hygienist, or the dentist


2. Obtain and record accurate nutritional intake of the patient

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek patient nutritional intake using a 24 hour reflective assessment or a 3 day diet diary in a respectful way with all enquiries asked in a purposeful, systematic and diplomatic manner
2.2 Collect and record accurate, relevant and well organised information in a manner which can be interpreted and analysed
2.3 Ensure information is treated and recorded in a confidential manner


3. Assess nutritional data obtained against principles, concepts and models of nutrition for Australia

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Reflect upon clinical findings and relate to nutritional deficiencies or high sugar/acidic foods/drinks against the recommended daily intake (RDI) of nutrients (Australian Standards)
3.2 Assess the reliability of data obtained and establish, where possible, appropriate clinical correlation with patient‟s presenting condition
3.3 Use questions to clarify results and gain further information in a manner relevant to patient needs
3.4 Determine need to carry out saliva and plaque pH tests based on the integration of previously obtained clinical data and history
3.6 Identify and minimise factors that may interfere with the information gathering process

3.7 Identify, establish and maintain essential requirements for infection control
3.8 Anticipate any potential sensitivities/cultural needs of the client and adapt approach to take these into account, while ensuring the maintenance of patient dignity


4. Identify appropriate dietary modifications

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify nutrient deficiencies
4.2 Identify food allergies and/or food sensitivities
4.3 Determine the influence of environmental factors on nutritional status
4.4 Design dietary modifications appropriate for the patient
4.5 Address appropriate cultural factors
4.6 Address appropriate lifestyle factors
4.7 Justify proposed dietary modification


5. Negotiate dietary change with patient

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Communicate proposed dietary changes to patient
5.2 Explain reasons for dietary modification
5.3 Obtain feedback from client regarding proposed dietary changes
5.4 Implement dietary changes in a manner acceptable to the patient
5.5 Respond appropriately to client feedback and complaints

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to observe the condition of the patient and gather information relevant to the case, according to a nutritional dental health preventive practice.

Details of Learning Activities

These will include, Lectures, tutorial, online learning

Teaching Schedule

February 20thOverview published  Pre-reading + task
• Australian dietary guidelines
• Australian guide to eating
• Influences on food choices
March 3rdReview readings task
Influence on food choices , Food labels, hidden sugars & acids
Food additives
10thRole of the DH in dietary analysis, Diet analysis, Motivational interviewing, Food habits , social determinants
Designing dietary modifications as part of the oral health care plan
13thResearch commences for oral presentation assessment
Topic: nutrient requirements for each phase of the life cycle
Pre-reading : nutrient deficiencies and oral pathologies
18thNutrition and oral health
Relationship between nutrient deficiencies and oral pathologies
20thDeveloping a healthy eating plan as part of the oral health care plan 
27thCase studies
Issue requirements for clinical assessment/report on nutritional analysis
for 2 patients
31stEating disorders
Drug interactions/systemic diseases and the impact on nutrient
April 24thTutorialTask 1 Oral presentation
May 14th Task 2 Exam

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 will include written tasks and clinical assessment

Assessment Tasks

There are two summative assessment tasks:

Task 1 Oral presentation of case study 24th April

Task 2 written exam14th May

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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