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Course Details

Course Number
Spring 2018
Bridwell Hall
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Days & Times

Monday and Wednesday, 8:00am to 9:20am

Debra Kelley (view Profile)

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Foundations of Periodontics for the DH 4thEd
By: Gehrig&Willmann
Course Objectives


Given reading assignments, lecture, class discussion, videos, and lab work as applicable, upon completion of this course the student should be able to

  1. Identify the history and evolution of periodontal disease and therapy

  2. Lcate, describe, and identify the function of each component of the periodontium, histologically and anatomically.

  3. Explain risk factors in periodontal disease, classify periodontal bacteria, identify specific periodontal pathogens and level of virulence, and describe the disease process at the cellular level.

  4. Explain the role of plaque as oral biofilm, calculus, and conditions that affect periodontal health. 

  5. Identify and classify the diseases of the gingiva and periodontium, identify the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases, describe the effects of antibiotic therapy and its appropriate use.

  6. Describe the biological basis of occlusal function and distinguish between primary and secondary occlusal trauma.

  7. Describe the various methods and relationships of assessment tools in periodontal disease, list the goals and phases of periodontal treatment for AAP case types and list factors involved with prognosis.

  8. Identify plaque/oral biofilm as an etiologic agent describe the action of mechanical and chemical plaque control, and the role of patient. 

  9. Define the goals and rationale for surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy, describe the various techniques, indications for treatment, and post-surgical care. 

  10. Describe the various types of dental implants, explain factors contributing to  success or failure of implants, and describe dental hygiene maintenance therapy of the dental implant patient. 

  11. List the sequence, effectiveness, and objectives of supportive periodontal therapy, explain the relationship between compliance and recurrence of periodontal disease, and describe methods of controlling dentin hypersensitivity

  12. Describe signs and symptoms of periodontal emergencies, identify systems factors influencing periodontal diseases, and describe treatment modifications for patients   having these systemic factors.

Learning objectives related to specific topics are found at the beginning of each corresponding chapter and/or pages of texts.



Grading Standards


Exam # 1                    20%

Exam # 2                    20%

Exam # 3                    20%

Final Exam                 30%

Table Clinic Paper     10%


Water bottles, cell phones, hand-held calculators/computers are not allowed in the room during any examination. Possession of any of these items during an exam will be construed as academic dishonestly and will be dealt with accordingly.       

Dental Hygiene Department Grading Scale

                 A = 92 to 100

                 B = 83 to 91

                 C = 75 to 82

                 D = 65 to 74 


Course Examinations (20% each)

Scheduled examinations will be comprehensive in nature, but will focus on material presented since the previous examination. Students missing an exam due to illness will be allowed to make up the exam on the day of their return to school. No grade higher than a 90 will be given for make-up examinations. Students will be allowed to make up only one (1) exam per semester.

Final Examination (Junior 2nd Semester Final Exam) (30%)

A 4-hour examination which will serve as the combined final exam for each of the courses offered in the 2nd semester of the dental hygiene curriculum; Dental Hygiene 2, Periodontology, Radiology II and Pharmacology.  This format, rather than individual course final exams, will more effectively assess the student’s ability to combine didactic and clinical content, as well as aid in preparing the student for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam. The exam will consist of two sections:

  1. Multiple choice questions - 150 to 200 multiple choice questions covering the content of the courses listed above and
  2. Case based portion - 50 to 75 multiple choice questions based on case scenarios which will incorporate content from ALL dental hygiene courses from the first and second semesters. The case based portion will be figured into the final exam as bonus points.   

Final Exam Grading:

Students will receive a grade on Part I based on the 50 multiple choice items pertaining directly to PERIODONTOLOGY CONTENT. Points earned on Part 2’s case based items pertaining to Periodontology will be added to Part I as bonus points to determine the final exam grade for this course. The values of Part 2 items will be determined by the individual course instructor. Therefore, the points earned for Part 2 items will vary between courses.


Students will work in groups of 3 to research and write a Review of Literature and develop a Poster Presentation/Table Clinic for presentation at the Health Fair on March 2, 2018 from 9am to 1pm. This assignment will be done in Dental Hygiene II.





Final Exam 05/09/2018 8:00am
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements



More than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of 5 points from final course grade for EACH absence over the allowed 2. In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made. Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of one (1) absence. Students must be present for the entire class period to get credit for a class session. Students leaving class early will be counted as absent. The student is held responsible for addressing these actions with the instructor.

Other Policies



More than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of 5 points from the final course grade for EACH absence over the allowed 2. This includes the lecture and scheduled clinical sessions.

In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made. Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of one (1) absence. Students must be present for the entire class period to get credit for a class session. Students leaving class early will be counted as absent.


Phone Use: 

Cell phone use (texting or verbal) is extremely disruptive to your fellow classmates and to the faculty teaching your course.  Therefore, the use of cell phones will not be tolerated, FOR ANY REASON. 

If you utilize your cell phone it will be confiscated for the remainder of the scheduled day. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be required to meet with the faculty and the chair of the Dental Hygiene Department. In cases of emergencies, please notify spouses, family and friends to contact you via the program secretary at 397-4764. 

Concealed Handguns on Campus

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at Campus Carry Rules.


The Americans with Disabilities Act:

Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515.It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required



Dental Hygiene Honor System:         

All Dental Hygiene courses adhere to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code. 

Many components of dental hygiene courses are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning. 

Cheating includes, but is not limited to use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission. 

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism.  

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he or she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university. 


By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism


MSU COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee

All Midwestern State University (MSU) students may legitimately appeal a course grade if 1) the student has not be evaluated according to the same criteria as his or her classmates, or 2) an error has been made in grading and/or posting (MSU Student Handbook, p. 37.) In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students has the responsibility to enforce standards of conduct for students as outlined in the MSU Student Handbook (p. 70-80). 

When enrolled in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS), students are often assigned to community agencies, such as health care facilities, social service agencies, or athletic environments, as part of their academic process. During these experiences, the student is expected to behave in a manner required of professionals working in this environment. COHSHS students may also be required to successfully complete a licensing/certification process following graduation. As a result, students in these programs are often held to a different academic and/or behavioral standard than students in other MSU programs. For example, students may not be allowed to progress in a program if they have been unsuccessful (D or F) in a certain number of courses in the major. In these circumstances, COHSHS faculty and administration, all of whom have had similar professional experience, may make decisions which negatively impact students’ programmatic progress. 

COHSHS students have a right to a review of decisions made by the program faculty, which prevent individuals from progressing in their program in a timely manner. However, those who participate in the review must understand the context of the professions involved. Therefore, issues concerning the professional conduct of students in the COHSHS will NOT be brought to the University Grade Committee, but to the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee. Specifically, the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee will review faculty decisions related to:

Student conduct in a clinical experience, internship, or other work-related environment that negatively impacts the student’s academic progress. This conduct may include behavior which is prohibited by licensing and/or professional standards or departmental policy. 

Student removal from a program because of a) professional conduct issues or b) failure to maintain academic standards required specifically by the program*

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at