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Periodontics 2: Prevention/Periodontics

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

Course Overview

The course serves as an introduction to prevention in dentistry. Topics covered include examination of the dentition and periodontium, dental disease indices, scaling and root planning instruments and instrumentation, sharpening, and oral hygiene chemotherapeutics. Students prepare for providing patient care in the next course, DENTPC587-Periodontics 3.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Perform screening and periodontal examinations, record clinical findings, and identify and remove plaque and calculus
2. Describe the steps to be taken in performing a detailed periodontal examination
3. Select the correct symbols to be used in recording the clinical findings of a periodontal examination.
4. Demonstrate proper technique in the use of the periodontal probe
5. Discuss in written and oral form, the purpose of, indications for and techniques involved in scaling and coronal polishing
6. Identify those areas of the mouth where there is an increased disposition of calculus
7. Describe the characteristics of various periodontal scalers, curettes, and powered instruments and their indicated use
8. Identify true statements regarding periodontal instrument sharpening
9. Provide oral hygiene instruction and satisfactorily perform prophylaxes on a classmate
10. Describe the benefits and limitations of a variety of commercially available toothpastes and mouth rinses
11. Pass a proficiency exam in Preclinical Scaling and Root Planing

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14

Date last updated: 2018-01-23