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DHG 100: Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene I

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Terms and Definitions

Dental HygienistA person qualified to carry out the scaling (removal of calculus [deposits]) from the teeth and to advise patients on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Hygienists usually work in a qualified dentist's surgery.

Dental hygienist. (2010). In H. Marcovitch (Ed.), Black's medical dictionary,42nd edition.London, United Kingdom: A&C Black. Retrieved from

dental hygienist working on patient

Gingivitis - An acute or chronic inflammation of the gingiva (i.e., the gums) affecting areas of gum tissue (the ‘attached gingiva’) other than those immediately adjacent to the tooth–gum junction (which are referred to as the ‘free gingiva’); unlike PERIODONTITIS, gingivitis does not bring about a permanent loss of periodontal structures.

Gingivitis. (2006). In P. Singleton & D. Sainsbury, Dictionary of Microbiology & molecular biology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from

Infection Control - In 2007 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised the Isolation Precautions issued in 1996 to prevent transmission of infectious agents. This guideline incorporates two tiers: Standard Precautions and Transmission-Based Precautions. Standard Precautions, which include the major attributes of Universal Precautions and body substance isolation, are the primary strategy for prevention of pathogen transmission and are designed for use in the care of all patients in health care facilities, regardless of the patient's diagnosis or risk of having an infection...

Infection control. (2012). In Mosby, Mosby's dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health professions. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Health Sciences. Retrieved from

Oral Diseases and PreventionVirtually without parallel, individual action can successfully prevent the onset of two major oral diseases; dental caries and periodontal disease. Dental caries is a localized progressive decay of the tooth, marked by the demineralization of the enamel by organic acids. These acids develop owing to the fermentation of carbohydrates in the diet by plaque bacteria... 

Humphris, G. (2007). Oral care and hygiene. In et. al. et al. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of psychology, health and medicine. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from