2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 325 Introduction to Periodontology I (3 credits)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program.

Course Description
First in a series of three courses, DHYG 325, 405, and 415, introducing the dental hygienist to the basic science and introductory components for assessing and evaluating the periodontal health of individuals. Content includes an introduction to non-surgical periodontal therapy and periodontal instrumentation.

Student Outcomes
1. Discuss the historical background of periodontology from early civilizations until post World War II.
2. Identify, discuss, and explain the function of the normal/healthy periodontal structures of the periodontium using correct terminology: marginal gingival; gingival sulcus; attached gingival; interdental gingival; alveolar gingival; mucogingival junction; gingival epithelium; gingival connective tissue; periodontal ligament (fibers, ground substance); cementum (types, permeability, cemento-enamel junction, resorption, repair); alveolar process (socket wall, bone marrow, periosteum, endosteum, and etc.
3. Identify and describe the histological features and embryological development of the periodontal structures, using correct terminology, in health and in a diseased state
4. Describe, define, and list the current American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) classifications of periodontal diseases, and their epidemiology.
5. Identify and apply the AAP classifications to analyze and diagnose case studies, and eventually, clinical patient treatment.
6. Describe and discuss the inflammatory process and immune system. This includes identifying and describing the vascular response to injury, the chemical mediators in vascular response, the blood leukocytes and their respective roles or functions.
7. Describe and synthesize content for the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal disease. Include applicable microbiology, host/microbe interaction, wound healing, process, development, and consequences.
8. Discuss and describe the effects of aging on the periodontium.

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