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Preventive Dentistry II

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Accepted:21.12.2018
Study Course Information
Course Code:ZTMVK_047LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:1.00ECTS:1.50
Branch of Science:Medicine; Oral MedicineTarget Audience:Medicine; Public Health; Dentistry; Biology; Medical Technologies; Health Management; Medical Services; Nursing Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Anda Brinkmane
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Conservative Dentistry and Oral Health
The Head of Structural Unit:Anda Brinkmane
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 20,,, +371 67455560
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)0Lecture Length (academic hours)0Total Contact Hours of Lectures0
Classes (count)7Class Length (academic hours)3Total Contact Hours of Classes21
Total Contact Hours21
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, histology, embryology, dental anatomy, preventive dentistry I.
To develop skills of patient examination, caries diagnostic and detection of carious lesions, prevention and early treatment of caries using evidence-based methods and materials; provide knowledge about the correct documentation of the patient and development of individual prevention and treatment plans.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Dental record form. Recommendations for oral health promotion.Classes1.00clinical base
2Assessment of oral hygiene – Hygiene index, Plaque index, Silness-Löe Index, Simplified Greene and Vermillion Oral Hygiene Index.Classes1.00clinical base
3Assessment of periodontal health – CPITN.Classes1.00clinical base
4Diagnostics of dental caries using ICDAS (using photos and extracted teeth).Classes1.00clinical base
5Diagnostics of dental caries in clinic (ICDAS, DMFT, DMFS indices); diagnostics of other hard dental tissue pathologies.Classes1.00clinical base
6Caries risk assessment, treatment plan, polishing of teeth and professional fluoride applications.Classes1.00clinical base
7Application of fissure and proximal sealants.Classes1.00clinical base
Unaided Work:
For every lesson, students should read or listen to materials in e-studies (methodical materials, video and scientific articles); In 7th class students must prepare a fully completed patient card with an assessment of the disease risk, a treatment plan and a letter to the patient.
Assessment Criteria:
70% written exam + 20% grade of practical class test + 10% attendance of practical classes.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Will name and characterise the oral health assessment indices, corresponding codes. Will describe the methods for caries risk assessment. Will classify professionally applied fluoride products and will explain their indications in different caries risk groups. Will name occlusal and proximal dental sealant indications.
Skills:Will apply oral health assessment indices. Will detect and record the stage and activity of carious lesions. Will apply professional topical fluorides according to patient's age and caries risk group. Will apply occlusal and proximal sealants.
Competencies:Will be able to independently assess the need for different caries diagnostic, detection, prevention and treatment methods, taking into consideration the needs of each patient; will be able to follow the scientific literature about new diagnostic and treatment tools and rational use of existing methods.
Required Reading
1Fejerskov O, Nyvad B, Kidd E. Dental Caries: The Disease and its Clinical Management, 3rd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
2Goldberg M. Understanding Dental Caries – from Pathogenesis to Prevention and Therapy. Springer, 2016.
3Pitts N. “Detection, Assessment, Diagnosis and Monitoring of Caries” Karger, 2009
4Fontana M, Young DA, Wolff MS, Pitts NB, Longbottom C. Defining dental caries for 2010 and beyond. Dent Clin North Am. 2010 Jul;54(3):423-40.
5Wright et al. Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants. 2016:147(8):672-682.
6Ericson D, Kidd E, McComb D, Mjor I, Noack MJ. Minimally Invasive Dentistry – Concepts and Techniques in Cariology. Oral Health Prev Dent 2003; 1: 59–72.
Additional Reading
1Sheiham A, James WP. Diet and Dental Caries: The Pivotal Role of Free Sugars Reemphasized. J Dent Res. 2015 Oct;94(10):1341-7.
2Simón-Soro A, Mira A. Solving the etiology of dental caries. Trends Microbiol. 2015 Feb;23(2):76-82.
3Senneby A, Mejàre I, Sahlin NE, Svensäter G, Rohlin M. Diagnostic accuracy of different caries risk assessment methods. A systematic review. J Dent. 2015 Dec;43(12):1385-93.
4Guerrieri A, Gaucher C, Bonte E, Lasfargues JJ. Minimal intervention dentistry: part 4. Detection and diagnosis of initial caries lesions. BDJ 2012;213(11):551–7.
5Gimenez T, Piovesan C, Braga MM, Raggio DP, Deery C, Ricketts DN, et al. Visual Inspection for Caries Detection A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Dent Res. 2015 Jul;94(7):895-904.
6Rugg-Gunn A. Dental caries: Strategies to control this preventable disease. Acta Med Acad. 2013 Nov;42(2):117-30.
7Silva N, Abusleme L, Bravo D, Dutzan N, Garcia-Sesnich J, Vernal R, Hernández M, Gamonal J. Host response mechanisms in periodontal diseases. J Appl Oral Sci. 2015 May-Jun;23(3):329-55.
8Fontana M, Young DA, Wolff MS, Pitts NB, Longbottom C. Defining dental caries for 2010 and beyond. Dent Clin North Am. 2010 Jul;54(3):423-40.
9Kay E.J., Levine R. S., Stillman-Lowe C. Guide to Prevention in Dentistry: Including the Scientific Basis of Oral Health Education. British Dental Journal, 2004
10Edwina A. M. Kidd. Essentials of Dental Caries: The Disease and its Management (Kidd, Essentials of Dental Caries). Oxford University Press, 2005.
Other Information Sources
1RSU bibliotēkas abonētās datu bāzes (Cochrane Library, Science Direct, SAGE, ProQuest, OVID, Wiley Online Library, EBSCO, Dyna Med)