DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16)

This is a continuation of developing the body of knowledge of human bioscience and Oral Biology. This subject further develops the knowledge needed to differentiate healthy tissue from unhealthy tissue in the oral cavity. Students will learn the pharmacology of pain management by therapeutic means and treatment modalities. Knowledge of radiography and anatomical landmarks will be further developed. It will include a more in depth look at the oral-biofilm, stages of biofilm formation and changes in biofilm microorganisms. The specific pathogens in destructive periodontal disease and dental caries will be explored. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH210. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) course.

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to comprehensively identify and define the correct anatomical features to inform clinical tasks in oral health therapy practice
  • be able to differentiate healthy tissue from unhealthy tissue in a patients oral cavity
  • be able to explain the role of microorganisms and diet in oral pathology
  • be able to differentiate types of oral lesions found in the oral cavity, identifying treatment and referral pathway
  • be able to demonstrate current pharmacological theory in regards to the correct type, dosage and contraindications used in the clinical application of anaesthetics in a clinical setting
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes at all times in all learning environments


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Anatomical landmarks for application of local anaesthetic
  • Cranial nerves of importance in application of local anaesthetic
  • Characteristics of specific local anaesthetic drugs
  • Concentrations and maximum recommended dose calculations for local anesthetic drug application
  • Location, composition, and properties of dental biofilm, with emphasis on its role in dental caries and periodontal infections
  • Characteristics of specific pathogens in destructive periodontal diseases
  • Characteristics of specific pathogens in carious lesion formation, including host response and transmission phases
  • Effects of the inflammatory factors from periodontal infection and host response
  • Composition of calculus, inorganic components and organic content and calculus formation
  • Characteristics of specific oral pathology lesions
  • Composition and phases of demineralisation, remineralisation of enamel

Special Resources

Anatomical models and laboratory and phase contrast microscope.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.