This course deals with the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal disease, factors affecting tissue response to plaque, and the application of measures for the prevention and non‐surgical treatment of periodontal disease in a hospital‐based and community setting. The course also covers diagnostic parameters of periodontal conditions and their severity and the rationale for delivery of periodontal therapy and tissue response to treatment. The course is designed to develop student skills in the treatment and prevention of periodontal diseases. The emphasis of this course is diagnosis, treatment, prevention of periodontal diseases and maintenance of periodontal health both in the clinic and community setting. This course allows students to have an appreciation of the factors contributing and/or modifying the progression of periodontal conditions.