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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: D H 52B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Describe the clinical and histologic features of the periodontium
  • Describe the characteristics of periodontal health
Description -
Examination of anatomy and physiology of periodontium. Correlation of basic sciences with the clinical aspects of periodontal diseases. Etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.

Course Objectives -
Dental Hygiene Process of Care:
The student will be able to:
  1. list the four tissues that make up the periodontium.
  2. list the clinical and histologic features of the gingiva.
  3. list the histologic features of the gingival sulcus and the epithelial attachment.
  4. list the characteristics of the periodontal ligament.
  5. list the characteristics of the alveolar bone.
  6. list the characteristics of the cementum.
  7. define periodontal health.
  8. list the classification of periodontal diseases.
  9. outline the nature of periodontal diseases.
    1. gingivitis
    2. chronic periodontitis
    3. aggressive periodontitis
    4. rapidly progressing periodontitis
    5. refractory periodontitis
    6. necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis
    7. trauma from occlusion
  10. outline the host response in periodontal diseases.
  11. outline the role of microorganisms in the etiology of periodontal diseases.
  12. define acquired pellicle, dental plaque, and dental calculus.
  13. outline morphology and microbiology of dental calculus.
  14. outline the pathologenic potential of dental plaque.
  15. list the characteristics of dental calculus.
  16. outline the pathogenesis of gingivitis.
  17. given epidemiologic factors, discuss population, racial, and cultural group tendencies in the study of periodontics.
  18. outline the pathogenesis of periodontitis.
Ethical and Legal Principles:
  1. value the role of the dental hygienist in periodontics.
  2. exhibit professionalism in performing all assignments.
Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies:
Our graduates must be competent in:
  1. In assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive dental hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  2. In health education strategies for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health for individual clients and the community.
  3. In infection and hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectiou diseases.
  4. In the ethical and legal principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Periodontal health; clinical and histologic characteristics of the periodontium.
  2. Classification of periodontal diseases.
  3. Signs and symptoms of periodontal diseases.
  4. Role of microorganisms in the etiology of periodontal diseases.
  5. Dental plaque.
  6. Dental Calculus.
  7. Host response in periodontal diseases.
  8. Pathogenesis of gingivitis.
  9. Pathogenesis of periodontitis.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes,
  2. Midterm and final examination including both objective and essay questions.
Representative Text(s) -
Nield-Gehrig, J. et al. Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist. Baltimore,MD: Lippincott,Williams,and Wilkins, 2011.

Disciplines -
Dental Technology
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Oral Presentations
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading assignments from the textbook.