Curriculum Guideline

Dental Health Education

Effective Date:
Course Code
CHDA 1212
Dental Health Education
Dental Assisting
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 55 hours Field Experience: 5 hours
Method Of Instruction
Field Experience
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Group discussion
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Audio-visual materials
  • Field Experience
Course Description
In this course, the student will provide dental health education to a variety of individuals and groups. The student will perform an oral assessment and provide individualized oral health instruction, based on the various needs of the patient.
Course Content
  1. Periodontium
    • Gingival unit
    • Attachment unit
  2. Oral Deposits
    • Etiology
    • Formation
    • Removal
    • Treatment
    • Prevention
  3. Concepts of Prevention/Dental Hygiene
    • Oral hygiene techniques
    • Toothbrushing methods
    • Flossing methods
    • Gingival stimulation
    • Characteristics of toothbrushes and floss
    • Dentifrices / Mouth rinses
    • Auxiliary aids selection
    • Future Trends
  4. Discuss Learning Principles
    • Domains of learning
    • Influence of interest, values and attitudes on learning
    • Role of motivation / behaviour change
    • Instructional techniques / presentation skills
    • Teaching aids
    • Goal setting
    • Individualizing instruction
    • Self-evaluation
  5. Provision of Self Care Plans
    • Rapport with patient
    • Patient education
    • Self Evaluation
  6. Oral Hygiene Instruction to Groups and/or Special Needs Individuals
    • Characteristics of groups / special needs individuals
    • Modifications / strategies in oral hygiene instruction
    • Group presentation
Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are based on the Curriculum Guide 2001 Education of Certified Dental Assistants in British Columbia developed for the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology, February 2001.

Upon successful completion of CHDA 1212 the student will be able to:

  1. discuss the periodontium.
  2. discuss the etiology of oral deposits.
  3. integrate concepts of prevention/dental hygiene.
  4. discuss learning principles.
  5. develop strategies for provision of self care plans.
  6. provide oral hygiene instruction to groups and/or special needs individuals.
Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is based on course objectives, and is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policies.  An evaluation schedule is presented to the students at the beginning of the course.


A minimum mark of 65% is required to be successful in the course.


Outlines of evaluation may be subject to change.

Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.

Which Prerequisite