An introduction to the basic fundamentals of the science of nutrition for the dental hygienist. Essentials of adequate dietary intake and nutritional balances and imbalances including total body health and dental care are discussed. Topics include the role of nutrients in the development and maintenance of hard and soft oral tissues, nutritional needs throughout the life cycle, and nutritional issues that may impact oral health. Special emphasis is placed on the application of dietary analysis and nutritional counseling as a preventive dental service. (Prerequisite CHEM 125C with a minimum grade of C)
A grade of C or higher is required in BIOL 195C, BIOL 196C, BIOL 202C, CHEM 125C, and in ADED courses (unless course syllabi state otherwise) to progress in the Dental Hygiene program. Courses with virtual/online labs are not accepted.