Case Studies in Dental Hygiene

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
  • Publisher: Pearson
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A text for all levels and all courses in the dental hygiene curriculum. Also a review aid for the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Unique in content and approach, this text is devoted entirely to case situations that provide opportunities for problem-based learning in multiple dental hygiene sciences at any point along the learning continuum-from beginning to advanced. The text's 10 diverse case-based learning scenarios help students learn to apply basic knowledge to client care, develop critical thinking skills, and link their classroom learning to real-world experiences they may encounter in clinical practice. Case study work will also prepare them for success on national, regional and state examinations which have a client care focus. Each chapter contains one complete case scenario with accompanying questions categorized both by difficulty (basic or complex) and by dental hygiene discipline-making it a complete module that may be introduced or revisite

Table of Contents

Case A: The Pediatric Client.
Case B: The Pediatric Client.
Case C: The Periodontally Involved Adult Client.
Case D: The Periodontally Involved Adult Client.
Case E: The Geriatric Client.
Case F: The Geriatric Client.
Case G: The Special Needs Client.
Case H: The Special Needs Client.
Case I: The Medically Compromised Client.
Case J: The Medically Compromised Client.


Educators need case-based learning tools that may be integrated throughout the dental hygiene curriculum. Within the educational environment exists the goal to assist students in linking basic knowledge to dental hygiene care that is evidence-based and client-centered. With the constantly evolving knowledge base and changing technologies, dental hygiene faculty are challenged to incorporate educational technologies that exceed knowledge acquisition and focus on critical decision making.Case Studies in Dental Hygieneis a viable educational tool to help students learn to apply basic knowledge to client care and to prepare them for success on national, regional and state examinations which have a client care focus. Case Studies in Dental Hygieneis designed to guide the development of critical thinking skills and the application of theory to care at all levels of dental hygiene education--from beginning to advanced students. Additionally, during the course of their formal education, dental hygiene students can be exposed only to a small spectrum of cases they might encounter in the real world. The diversity of the cases in this text provides an avenue for simulating experiences students might not encounter in their education. This text is designed to cover a broad array of topics, to be adaptable for use in a variety of courses, and to be used across student knowledge and skill levels. This text is designed to be utilized throughout the dental hygiene curriculum. Because the questions and decisions regarding treatment of each case span the dental hygiene sciences and clinical practice protocols, this text will find a place in enhancing each and every course required of dental hygiene students. It is expected thatCase Studies in Dental Hygienewould be introduced at the beginning of the student's educational experience and be utilized throughout the program of study. As the students' knowledge base develops, the answers to the more complex questions would become apparent. If the text were introduced early in the program, students would realize the link between theory and client care immediately. Once exposed to the cases, students progress through the program with a heightened awareness, a "need to know," a's new material is introduced which can be applied to answer case-based questions. Additionally,Case Studies in Dental Hygienemakes an excellent review text for graduating dental hygiene students preparing to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Case Studies in Dental Hygienepresents oral health case situations representing a variety of clients that would typically be encountered in clinical settings. There are 10 cases, 2 each representing the following client types: pediatric, adult periodontally involved, geriatric, special needs, and medically compromised. Each case contains a medical history, dental history, vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rates), radiographs, dental and periodontal charting, intraoral photographs, and photographs of study models, where applicable. Additionally, learning objectives and multiple-choice questions are identified for each case. Questions are subdivided into the following categories: assessing client characteristics, obtaining and interpreting dental radiographs, planning and managing dental hygiene care; performing periodontal procedures, using preventive agents, and providing supportive treatment services. Each question is clearly identified as "basic" or "complex," further guiding educators and students to use each case to maximum benefit. Students will be challenged to seek answers and select appropriate care for the clients in each case scenario. Correct answers and rationales for incorrect responses are provided for all questions. Providing descriptive rationales for incorrect answers further enhances learning. Reflective activities and a section incorporating the Human Needs Conceptu

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