The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Introduces students to principles and science of dental caries. This course will integrate the knowledge of the aetiology, pathology and progression of dental caries with clinical assessment and management. It will also look at aspects of pain control in Dental Hygiene practice.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Evaluate data obtained from oral health indices and other research methods and analyse the use of caries recording methods for realistic appraisal of treatment progress and outcomes;

2. Analyse how caries affects development, structure and function;

3. Explain the relevance of caries risk management theory to health maintenance and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental caries;

4. Discuss the strengths and limitations of fissure sealants;

5. Describe the properties and composition of fissure sealants;

6. Describe the materials used in preventive oral health practice;

7. Describe the uses of antimicrobial therapy in the management of dental caries;

8. Evaluate plaque control methods;

9. Analyse need for fluoride supplementation at community and individual level;

10. Administer infiltration and mandibular block anaesthesia

11. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation

12. Evaluate OH and S policies and procedures in any clinical situation;

13. Obtain and analyse a detailed history from a patient;

14. Recognise situations that are beyond experience, competence or legal guidelines;

15. Collect and assess dietary information;

16. Analyse smoking cessation therapies

17. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health care;

18. Select and safely manipulate dental biomaterials;

19. Analyse the need for topical medications at community and individual level.

20. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in oral health care


  1. History and examination
  2. Infection Control
  3. Assessment of caries risk
  4. Fissure Sealants
  5. Topical medications used in the management of dental caries
  6. Rubber Dam
  7. Local anaesthetic
  8. Options for restoring and replacing teeth
  9. Dental and Orofacial pain


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of ORHL1001, ORHL1003, ORHL1004, HUBS1106, ORHL2001 and ORHL2007

Assumed knowledge

This course builds directly on ORHL1001 and HUBS1106, and requires that you have successfully completed all Year 1 courses. The learning from this course will be developed and integrated with aspects of clinical care throughout the rest of the Bachelor of Oral Health program.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Exam *

Professional Task: Clinical Assessment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all clinic sessions is compulsory

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.