ELAINE COLVIN ’14
Passion to provide dental care to those in need
The health of the mouth can affect the health of the entire body. Infection and inflammation of the teeth and gums can have long-term systemic consequences. In our B.S. in Dental Hygiene program, — one of the finest dental hygiene programs in the U.S. — you will learn just how important the dental hygienist is to patients’ overall health and will acquire the in-classroom knowledge and hands-on expertise you need for success in this highly rewarding field.
Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.
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Oral Health Consultant
15% Growth 2017-2027
18% Growth 2017-2027
Dental Hygiene Program Director
18% Growth 2017-2027
This course provides an overview of medications encountered by health care workers. Particular attention is paid to the impact various medications have on dental and dental hygiene treatment. Medications, local anesthetics, and other chemotherapeutic agents used in the dental treatment setting will be emphasized.
This course provides an in-depth examination of periodontal diseases, the immune response, and both surgical and non-surgical interventions. The role of the dental hygienist as a periodontal co-therapist is emphasized.
Oral Medicine uses the content from anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, oral pathology, dental hygiene concepts, and other courses as the basis for discussing the impact of systemic conditions on the oral cavity. The medical history will be utilized in a case-study approach to address the role of the dental hygienist in medical risk assessment and management.
This course is designed to prepare student dental hygienists for the safe, effective administration of local anesthesia as current Connecticut legislation permits. The course will include the psychology of pain management, pharmacology of anesthetic agents, emergency precautions and management, and a review of anatomy and physiology as they relate to the administration of anesthetic agents. This course will include classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction.
The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a degree in Dental Hygiene, check out the Academic Catalog:
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