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2016-2017 Online Catalog 
2016-2017 Online Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DENH 1220 - Nutrition

The purpose of this course is to provide the dental hygiene student with the knowledge to understand and skill to apply the principles of nutrition and diet evaluation and counseling relative to oral health in the dental setting. The course covers the fundamental principles of diet and nutrition as they relate to general and oral health: dietary guidelines, nutrient functions, requirements throughout the life span and deficiency/toxicity concerns, energy needs and nutrition and oral health in dental caries, periodontal disease, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and AIDS. There is an emphasis on the relationship among oral health and dental hygiene practice and patient management. Management of the patients at different stages of the life span will be covered. Clinical application will focus on diet and nutrition risk evaluation and counseling for prevention, caries control, oral disease and restorative work. Complementary medicine and diet therapy issues will also be addressed in relation to oral health. Nutrition misinformation and other consumer issues will also be addressed. The students will complete the midterm and final exam via the Internet through WEBCT.
30 lecture hours.
2 credit hours
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