Anatomy & Histology of the Gingival Unit and Basic Oral Hygiene
COURSE NUMBER: 592
Courtney Ison, RDH, MS
This course will examine the characteristics of the gingival unit and discuss basic recommendations necessary for achieving and maintaining the health of the gingiva. The periodontium includes the tissues that support and surround the teeth...
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This course will examine the characteristics of the gingival unit and discuss basic recommendations necessary for achieving and maintaining the health of the gingiva. The periodontium includes the tissues that support and surround the teeth including the free gingiva, attached gingiva, alveolar mucosa, cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar process. Having a basic understanding of these structures allows clinicians to provide the best possible care to their patients by allowing them to accurately assess a patient’s oral health status. The free gingiva, attached gingiva, and alveolar mucosa make up the gingival unit and are the only components of the periodontium that are clinically visible.
Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Date Course Online:
Aug 1, 2019
Last Revision Date:
Jul 26, 2022
Course Expiration Date:
Jul 25, 2025
AGD Subject Code(s):
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Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Name and describe the components of the periodontium.
- Name and describe the components of the gingival unit.
- Describe and identify basic anatomy and histology of the gingival unit.
- Describe the characteristics of healthy gingiva.
- Understand the role of local contributory factors influencing gingival health.
- Explain the recommendations for toothbrushing and flossing.
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Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.
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THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027
Provider ID# 211886
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