Course Title: Apply professional tooth whitening agents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: DENT5822

Course Title: Apply professional tooth whitening agents

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Paulette Smith

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411403

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Eleanor Schroeder - 93411412

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
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


Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities: Includes a combination of some or all of the following, Class attendance and participation, individual or group project work, e-learning, self-directed learning, Blackboard collaborate.
role-play/simulation, Pre-Clinical and clinical practice in the simulation lab / undergraduate teaching clinic
Learning Outcomes : To be able to practice effectively as a Professional Dental Hygienist, according to the guidelines and within your scope of practice.

Teaching Schedule

Timetable to be issued

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental hygiene)
Refer to the Australian Dental Council June 2011 document “Professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist for additional information”
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Matrix

Overview of assessment
May include:
Observation in the work place with questioning to address
appropriate application of knowledge
• written assignments/projects/exam
• case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
• questioning – verbal and written
• completion of clinical log book
70% Pass mark

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