DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16)

This subject continues students' knowledge of 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 exploration of oral-biofilm, stages of biofilm formation and changes in biofilm microorganisms. The specific pathogens in destructive periodontal disease and dental caries will be studied.


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 and Hygiene) 


DOH100 and DOH110 and BMS192 and IKC100 and PSY111

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe the normal anatomical features and variations of normal to inform clinical tasks in oral health therapy practice
  • be able to identify and describe the clinically important characteristics of healthy oral tissues and how they are differentiated from unhealthy tissues
  • be able to explain the role of microorganisms and diet in the development of tooth decay and periodontal disease
  • be able to identify the clinical and radiological manifestations of oral lesions, identifying the role of oral health therapist in the management and referral pathways
  • be able to demonstrate the current theoretical knowledge in regards to the type, dosage, indications, contraindications and complications of local anesthetics used in the dental practice
  • be able to apply anatomical knowledge in a simulated environment in regards to the oral landmarks used for the administration of local anaesthesia
  • be able to demonstrate clinical competence in the administration of local anaesthetics in a simulated dental practice environment
  • be able to describe the types, dosage, indications, interactions and complications and identify the role of the oral health therapists in relation to the medications used in the dental practice
  • be able to identify the role of oral health therapists in the management of medically compromised patients and the referral pathways
  • be able to identity and manage medical emergencies in the the dental practice
  • be able to identify and describe the effect of smoking on the development of oral diseases and identify the role of oral health therapists in counselling smoking cessation


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical applications of oral sciences; including dental radiology, medical emergencies in dental practice
  • Local anaesthesia, pharmacology, drugs in dentistry and pain management
  • Oral biology science including the biochemistry of saliva and fluoride, and oral microbiology
  • Medical conditions and their management in dental practice
  • Oral medicine and oral cancer


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.