UW School of Dentistry


Prevention /Periodontics

Frank Roberts and Diane Daubert

2 Credits / Quarter 7 (Spring, Second Year)

Course Description

Multidisciplinary in approach, this course is under the direction of the Department of Periodontics.  The course serves as a continued introduction and overview to prevention in dentistry following PERIO 525. Students will provide patient care in the weekly clinical sessions.

Educational Objectives

1. At the completion of the course, the student will be able to perform screening and comprehensive periodontal examinations, record clinical findings, and identify and remove plaque and calculus. The student will be able to:

  1. Describe the steps to be taken in performing a detailed periodontal examination.
  2. Select the correct symbols to be used in recording the clinical findings of a periodontal examination.
  3. Identify the radiographic findings of periodontal disease.

2. At the completion of the course, the student will be able to discuss in oral and written form, the benefits of devices used and problems of patient compliance encountered in plaque control instruction. The student will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics and purposes of disclosants.
  2. Perform a plaque index.
  3. Describe the benefits and limitations of a variety of commercially available plaque control devices.

3. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to discuss in oral and written form the indications for and the techniques involved in the radiographic and clinical detection of carious lesions.

4. At the completion of the course, the student will be able to discuss in written and oral form, the purpose of, indications for and techniques involved in scaling and coronal polishing.
The student will be able to:

  1. Identify those areas of the mouth where there is an increased disposition of calculus.
  2. Describe the characteristics of various periodontal scalers and curettes and their indicated use.
  3. Identify true statements regarding periodontal instrument sharpening.
  4. Provide oral hygiene instruction and satisfactorily performed prophylaxes on all assigned clinic patients.

5. At the completion of the course, the student will be able to discuss in written and oral form, management strategies directed toward elimination of the habits and/or modification of their negative impact on overall health. The student will be able to:

  1. Identify from historic data and clinical observation signs and symptoms of oral habits that are creating adverse hard or soft tissue changes.
  2. Given evidence of a damaging oral habit, estimate and report the probable consequences of continuation of the habit on the integrity of the oral structures.
  3. Given identification of an existing oral habit of a chemical or physical nature, plan a primary preventive program for reduction or elimination of the habit or its adverse consequences.

Course Outline

Topics covered include caries detection, scaling and root planing, tobacco cessation, periodontal treatment planning, and implant maintenance.

Course Expectations

To meet the requirements of this course successfully, the student must: 1) attend lectures and demonstrate her/his understanding of the lecture material and supplemental reading through weekly quizzes and a final examination, and 2) attend clinic and demonstrate her/his understanding of the materials through weekly clinical performance and a competency exam.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 4: Provide patient education in the prevention of oral diseases to promote oral and general health.
  • UWSOD Competency 5: Recognize the limits of their expertise and seek consultation with other health care providers to facilitate patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 15: Assess the teeth and supporting structures and provide preventive services.
  • UWSOD Competency 25: Manage a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.
  • UWSOD Competency 26: Evaluate the outcomes of treatment.


  • Clinical PERIODONTOLOGY by Newman, Takei, Klokkevold, and Carranza, 10th ed. 2006
  • Course Website

*last updated: 2/12/2013