Notice of Competence

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 will require additional education and training prior to the development of clinical competency.

Definition of Terms

Didactic Only: Material/services 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/services are covered within the classroom and laboratory setting. Limited ability to deliver the service to a client in the clinic is expected within the curriculum. Additional instruction and practice are necessary prior to the delivery of the service.

Clinical Competency: Material/services 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.

Policy #27—Procedure Competency Table

Procedure
Didactic Only
Lab Competency
Clinical Competency
Administration of Local Anesthesia     X
Air Polishing     X
Alginate Impressions     X
Anterior and Posterior Sickle     X
Application of Topical Anesthesia     X
Biofilm and Stain Removal     X
Blood Pressure     X
Chemotherapeutic Application     X
Cleaning of Dental Appliances     X
Delivery of Nitrous Oxide X    
Dental History     X
Diagnodent     X
Digital Intraoral Photography   X  
Digital Radiography     X
Exploring     X
Extra and Intra Oral Examination     X
Fabrication of a Mouthguard X    
Finishing and Polishing Restorations     X
Fluoride     X
Health Questionnaire     X
Instrument Sharpening     X
Intra Oral Camera     X
Management of Implants     X
Nutritional Counseling     X
Operator/Operatory Preparation     X
Oxygen Administration   X  
Patient Education     X
Periodontal Pack   X  
Probing     X
Recontouring X    
Restorative Charting     X
Site Specific Curettes     X
Smoking Cessation     X
Soft Tissue Curettage X    
Study Model   X  
Subgingival Irrigation X    
Suture Removal X    
Tooth Whitening Tray Fabrication   X  
Traditional Radiographs     X
Ultrasonic     X
Universal Curette     X

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