The mounting body of evidence collected over the last couple of years has led to an urgent need to elevate awareness of oral cancer within the health professional network. It is suggested that our population is increasingly at risk for oral cancer due in part to extremely low awareness levels of risk factors and preventive behaviours amongst the general population. The emergence of a new rapidly growing segment of the oral cancer population is critical information that every dental hygienist needs to be aware of.
The role of the dental hygienist in early discovery is an integral contributor to reducing the mortality rate of oral cancer through employment of opportunistic screening. Knowledge gaps both in education and clinical practice on the part of the health care professional have contributed to increased incidence and late stage diagnosis of oral cancer which unfortunately has resulted in fatalities.
The objective of this course is to provide a solid conceptual framework for implementation of a comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination in dental hygiene practice. Successful completion of this course will ensure that dental hygienists possess the necessary level of knowledge, skills and clinical judgment to competently perform an oral screening examination, including documentation, referral and management.
More Course Information
This elearning professional development course is composed of 4 sections and presented in a video format enhanced by interactive learning activities, as well as a number of practice tools designed to elevate awareness amongst our client population.
The course consists of four sections.
Section 1: Incidence, Mortality & Risk Factors Related to Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is now the 13th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada. The emergence of an atypical profile is an additional reason for integrating opportunistic screening in the form of a visual and tactile extraoral and intraoral examination on all your clients.
Section 2: Role of the Dental Hygienist in Early Discovery of Abnormal Mucosal Lesions
This section analyzes the statistics related to early versus late stage discovery of oral cancer, and the professional role the dental hygienist fulfills in early stage discovery. An overview of common oral mucosal lesions is included to aid the dental hygienist in identifying abnormalities in the earliest stages.
Section 3: The Extraoral and Intraoral Examination
Step by step extraoral and intraoral visual and tactile examination procedure is the focus of this section. Each step of the systematic examination is discussed in detail and illustrated by photography and a comprehensive 4 minute video. Documentation and a review of descriptive terminology is also covered.
Section 4: Introduction to Adjunctive Oral Mucosal Screening Methods and Client Communication Strategies
The 4th and final module is an introduction to adjunctive oral mucosal screening methods and client communication strategies including the introduction of oral cancer screening, communication of a suspicious finding, as well as preparing a client for biopsy.
Relevance to Practice
As primary oral health care professionals, dental hygienists have the responsibility and opportunity to make a powerful impact by increasing the early stage discovery of oral cancer. A comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination can save lives. Upon successful completion of this course, dental hygienists will have the knowledge, skills and judgement to integrate this important examination in their day-to-day practice.
Format for Learning
The course 4 Life Saving Minutes: The Extraoral and Intraoral Examination will take approximately 6 hours to complete. These times are estimates but, with the exception of the final examination, you can take as much time as you need and you may wish to break your learning into several shorter sessions. You will require a pen/pencil and the resource manual to complete the course. The resource manual which is a complement to the course can be downloaded and printed. It is a valuable learning tool that includes learning outcomes, pre-tests, learning activities, post-tests, and
resources such as links to websites, etc.
A pre-test is presented at the beginning and a post-test at the end of each section. A final 30 item multiple choice examination is administered upon completion of the course. A certificate of completion issued by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association will sent to you electronically within 5 business days.
- Section 1: Incidence, Mortality and Risk Factors Related to Oral Cancer – 1.5 hours
- Section 2: Role of the Dental Hygienist in Early Discovery of Abnormal Mucosal Lesions – 2.0 hours
- Section 3: The Extraoral and Intraoral Examination – 2.0 hours
- Section 4: Introduction to Adjunctive Oral Mucosal Screening Methods and Client Communication Strategies– 1.5 hours
- Final examination: 1 hour
- Resource Manual
- Pre-tests, post-tests and learning activities are not graded. They are self-assessment tools to prepare you for writing the final examination.
- When you feel you are ready, you may take the final multiple choice examination. You have 1 hour to complete the examination attempt. The results are computer-generated and the passing score is 80%.
- You may attempt the examination a maximum of two times to achieve this passing grade; however, each exam will be unique as questions are computer-generated on a rotational basis.
- You are expected to complete the examinations without referring to the course materials.
- A certificate of completion issued by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association will sent to you electronically within 5 business days.
About the Course Developers
Laura Myers, RRDH, DipDH, BA(Psy.), MA(Ed.)
Laura Myers is a graduate of the dental hygiene program at John Abbott College, holds a BA in Psychology from Carleton University and a MA in Education - Adult Education and Training - from the University of Phoenix. She has more than 25 years of dental hygiene experience in education, administration, restorative, and community health, and remains active in clinical practice. Fluently bilingual, Laura was an educator at La Cité Collégiale and Algonquin College for 12 years. She was the Executive Director of
the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board for more than 3 years. She has served as a council member of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada site visit teams, a member of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board's Examination Committee, and she was the francophone representative on the Board of Directors of Dental Hygiene Educators Canada. Laura is currently the Director of Education at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.
Jo-Anne Jones, DipDH, RDH
RDH CONNECTION Consulting & Training
Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, has become a well recognized international speaker for the profession of dental hygiene and the owner of RDH CONNECTION, a consulting and training company dedicated to excellence in quality dental hygiene education. Having a career that has spanned over 3 decades, Jo-Anne’s experience has encompassed clinical practice, education, international lecturing and is published both nationally and internationally. Jo-Anne has been appointed to serve on the advisory board for Dentistry Today and is invited
to join the 2011 Leaders in Consulting and Dental Education in North America.
Brenda Leggett has over twenty years of experience as a dental hygiene educator at Georgian College and Algonquin College. She has practised in community health as a dental hygiene administrator, and remains active as a clinical dental hygienist in private practice. For ten years, she has participated as an item writer for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination, and presently represents the central region of Canada on the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board's
In addition, she is a College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) representative on the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada site-visit teams. Brenda is currently the Information Coordinator at CDHA. Brenda is a dental hygiene graduate of John Abbott College, holds an interdisciplinary BA in labour studies from Carleton University, and a library and information technician diploma from Algonquin College.
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