Public Notice of Competence in Dental Hygiene Procedures

A large number of patient care services are taught in the dental hygiene curriculum. The following table lists the competency to which each is taught. Skills taught to didactic, lab competency, or clinical observation levels require additional education and training prior to the development of clinical competency.

Definition of Terms:

Didactic Only: Material/techniques are covered within the classroom setting only. Limited ability to deliver the service is expected within the curriculum. Additional instruction and practice are necessary prior to the delivery of the service.

Lab Competency: Material/techniques are covered within the classroom and laboratory setting. Limited ability to deliver the service to a patient in the clinic is expected within the curriculum. Additional instruction and practice are necessary prior to the delivery of the service.

Clinical Observation: Observation experience provided at clinical or extramural sites. Additional instruction and practice are necessary prior to the delivery of the service.

Clinical Competency: Material/techniques are covered within the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. Ability to deliver the service is expected within the curriculum and is evaluated through the use of process/product evaluations.

ProcedureDidactic OnlyClinic ObserveLab CompetencyClinical/Pre-clinic Competency
Administration of Local AnesthesiaX
Air PolishingX
Alginate ImpressionsX
Application of Topical AnesthesiaX
Biofilm and Stain RemovalX
Blood Pressure (Vital signs)X
Cleaning of dental appliancesX
Delivery of Nitrous OxideX
Dental ChartingX
Caries DetectionX
Desensitization paste in clinicX
DiagnodentX
Emergency ManagementX
Extra and Intra-oral ExaminationsX
Finishing and Polishing RestorationsX
Fluoride Tray ApplicationX
Fluoride VarnishXX
Hand InstrumentationX
Implant MaintenanceX
Infection ControlX
Instrument SharpeningX
Intra-oral CameraX
Medical and Dental HistoriesX
Non-surgical Periodontal TherapyX
Nutritional CounselingX
Patient EducationX
Periodontal AssessmentX
Periodontal DressingsX
Periodontal SurgeryX
Pit and Fissure SealantsX
Placement of Locally-delivered Anti-microbialsX
Plaque IndexX
Powered InstrumentsX
Radiography: ConventionalX
Radiography: DigitalX
Records ManagementX
Soft Tissue CurettageX
Study ModelsX
Subgingival IrrigationX
Tobacco CessationX
Tray FabricationX
Treatment PlanningX