Curso Teórico-Práctico Básico para Higienistas Dentales

Type of programme
between 05-03-2021 and 06-03-2021
€200.00 / ECTS x 1 = €200.00. *Prices corresponding to the 2021-2022 academic year.
Friday from 3.00pm to 6:30pm (part theoric) & from 6.30pm to 9.00pm (part theoric and laboratory) Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm (part practice at the University Dental Clinic)
Spanish (secondary language: English)
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The dental hygienist is part of the team responsible for the patient’s oral health, together with the stomatologist or dentist.

The role of the hygienist is the result of higher-level professional training that allows them to perform technical-healthcare functions.

One of the hygienist’s main competences is performing a correct mechanical scaling and root planing treatment. Most courses offer the possibility to learn these techniques through phantoms. Performing the course at the Faculty of Dentistry at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya offers the possibility to use the University Dental Clinic installations and practice on patients. Therefore, the course aims to promote the students’ practical abilities by making the most of the advantages that the University provides.

Course objectives

  1. To learn all the causal, diagnostic, prognostic concepts and treatment plan in the periodontal phase I.
  2. To learn how to implement scaling and root planing with different curettes and instruments. 

Competences to be acquired by students

  1. To give the hygienist a complete picture regarding handling the periodontal patient and acquiring practical abilities for daily clinical work.
  2. To learn non-surgical treatment, clinical protocols and the equipment used.  

Who is it aimed at

This course is aimed at dental hygienists with an interest in periodontics. It aims to expand their theoretical-practical training in the periodontal hygiene phase. All the theoretical concepts will be reviewed and put into practice on phantoms and patient.



Course coordinators

  • Dr. José Nart
  • Dr. Neus Carrió

Course programme    

Theoretical part

  1. Periodontal and peri-implant anatomy.
  2. Aetiology of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
  3. Clinical diagnosis of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
  4. Periodontics Prognosis.
  5. Non-surgical treatment of periodontitis: scaling and root planing. Concept and evidence of effectiveness. Equipment: catheters, curettes, sound, ultrasound and rotary equipment.
  6. Periodontal reassessment. Scaling limitations. Surgical treatment indications.
  7. Periodontal maintenance. Concept and evidence of effectiveness. 

Practical part

Laboratory practice on phantoms:

  1. Identification of curettes, cutting edges and condition of the instrument.
  2. Curette sharpening with stones and automatic grinders.
  3. Scaling and root planing on phantoms: insertion, stabilisation, fulcrum and activation.
  4. Operator positions. 

University Dental Clinic

Practice on patients. The goal is to put into practice all the concepts learnt. Each student will have the chance to deepen their knowledge and solve questions. The student will be able to work with the patient while supervised by a dentist, a student from the Periodontics Master’s and an instructor from the course. 

Study programme and subjects 2020-2021

Subjects in course 1 Type Term ECTS
Curso Teórico-Práctico Básico para la Higienista Dental Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 1
  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer System
  • Term: calendar period
  • (a): subjects which are taught in English


  • Dra. Núria Bertos
  • Dra. Mariana Baglivo
  • Dra. Blanca Paniagua
  • Dra. Cristina Vallés
  • Dra. Neus Carrió


Prerequisites & admissions

Prerequisites and admissions

  • To be a Dental Hygienist