DH114:  Oral Microbiology

This course introduces students to the microorganisms that colonize the oral cavity with special emphasis on those bacteria and fungi that contribute to pathogenesis of major oral diseases, including dental plaque, caries and periodontal disease. It also includes discussion on dentoalveolar infections and considers interventions to oral disease such as the role of anti-plaque agents. The role of defense mechanisms of the mouth, such as salivary antibodies and gingival crevicular fluid is examined.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. A background in chemistry and microbiology is important for success in the course.
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