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 OnlyLab CompetencyClinic ObserveClinical Competency
Administration of Local AnesthesiaX
Air PolishingX
Alginate ImpressionsX
Application of Topical AnesthesiaX
Blood Pressure (vital signs)X
Cleaning of Dental AppliancesX
Delivery of Nitrous OxideX
Dental Charting & Caries DetectionX
DesensitizationX
DiagnodentX
Emergency ManagementX
Extra and Intra Oral ExaminationX
Finishing and Polishing RestorationsX
Fluoride – tray applicationX
Fluoride – varnishX
Hand InstrumentationX
Implant MaintenanceX
Infection Control ProtocolX
Instrument SharpeningX
Intra-Oral CameraX
Placement of Locally-Delivered AntimicrobialsX
Medical & Dental HistoriesX
Non-Surgical Periodontal TherapyX
Nutritional CounselingX
Patient EducationX
Periodontal AssessmentX
Periodontal DressingsX
Periodontal ExploringX
Pit & Fissure SealantsX
Plaque IndexX
Plaque and Stain RemovalX
Radiography –conventional & digitalX
Records ManagementX
Soft Tissue CurettageX
Study ModelsX
Subgingival IrrigationX
Suture RemovalX
Tobacco CessationX
Tray FabricationX
Treatment PlanningX
Ultrasonic InstrumentationX