This subject introduces micro-organisms, their characteristics and how they affect humans. Cultivation, enumeration, identification and control of micro-organisms are emphasised. Mechanisms by which medically important micro-organisms cause disease are introduced. The concepts of infection, inflammation and immunology are introduced in this subject. Infection control procedures are discussed in theory and applied in laboratory classes. An understanding of normal oral flora is developed in the subject. Hypotheses of oral disease aetiology, including specific, non-specific and ecological plaque hypotheses, are critically evaluated with respect to current peer-reviewed research findings. Practical skills developed in laboratory classes are used to solve dentistry-related case-based problems in a way that encourages independent, critical and reflective thinking.
School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Science
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