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Periodontics 2: Prevention/Periodontics

Course Director: Diane Daubert
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 2

Course Overview

This multidisciplinary course serves as an introduction to dental disease prevention as students prepare to provide patient care in the clinic next quarter. Students learn to examine the dentition and periodontium, measure dental conditions, scale and root plane using correctly sharpened, appropriate instruments, and apply oral hygiene chemotherapeutics.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe the characteristics and indicated use of various periodontal scalers, curettes, and powered instruments.
2. Identify plaque and calculus.
3. Perform a detailed periodontal examination.
4. Discuss, in written and oral form, the purpose of indications for and techniques involved in scaling and coronal polishing.
5. Select the correct symbols to be used in recording the clinical findings of a periodontal examination.
6. Demonstrate proper technique in the use of the periodontal probe.
7. Identify those areas of the mouth where there is an increased deposition of calculus.
8. Demonstrate proper periodontal instrument sharpening technique.
9. Demonstrate a prophylaxis.
10. Describe the benefits and limitations of a variety of commercially available toothpastes and mouth rinses.
11. Demonstrate proper use of instruments for preclinical scaling and root planing.

UWSOD Competencies: C-10, CE-02, C-02, C-06, C-12, C-13, C-15, C-22

Date last updated: 2024-01-03