Course Details

Course Number
Spring 2016
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Monday & Wednesday      8:00-9:20AM

Debra Kelley (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Foundations of Periodontics for the DH 3Ed
Nield-Gehrig & Willmann

Course Objectives


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.    Locate, 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 of

                                             failure of implants, and describe dental hygiene maintenance therapy of the dental implant



                                    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.






Course Expectations


The following is excerpted from Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist,  9th Ed, by Esther M. Wilkins, Chapter 1: “Each dental hygienist represents the entire profession to the patient being served.  The dental hygienist’s expressed or demonstrated attitudes toward dentistry, dental hygiene, and other health professions, as well as toward health services and preventive measures, will affect the subsequent attitude of the patient toward other dental hygienists and dental hygiene care in general.

..... “A dental hygienist may be involved in a variety of moral, ethical, and legal situations as part of the daily routine.”

Grading Standards


The following is excerpted from Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist,  9th Ed, by Esther M. Wilkins, Chapter 1: “Each dental hygienist represents the entire profession to the patient being served.  The dental hygienist’s expressed or demonstrated attitudes toward dentistry, dental hygiene, and other health professions, as well as toward health services and preventive measures, will affect the subsequent attitude of the patient toward other dental hygienists and dental hygiene care in general.


..... “A dental hygienist may be involved in a variety of moral, ethical, and legal situations as part of the daily routine.”



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, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) 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/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.


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.  The exam will consist of two sections: (1) 150-200 multiple choice questions covering the

content of the courses listed above and (2) a case based portion.

The case based portion of the exam (50-75 items) 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. 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.


            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 3, 2016 from 9am-1pm. This

         assignment will be done in Dental Hygiene II with Ms. Crump.


Final Exam

05/11/2016 8:00am-9:20

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



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.

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