School of Medicine

Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology

DENT 1118 Microbiology and Immunology - 70 hours
This course examines microbiological principles underlying common dental maladies such as caries, periodontitis, and endodontic disease.  Understanding the pathogenesis of these conditions, which involve both host and microbial factors, will lead to a better understanding of diagnostics, treatment and prevention.    A comprehensive series of interactive lectures on host acquired and humoral immunity with focus on the oral cavity will be followed by presentations on microbes associated with oral health and disease. Infectious diseases with oral manifestations and those that present as occupational hazards to the dental health care provider will also be discussed.  Clinical and basic science faculty from the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry with content-relevant expertise participate in the course.

DHY 3201 Microbiology - Dental Hygiene - 3 credits
This course comprises 43 one hour lectures and serves as an introduction to the basic principles of bacteriology, immunology, virology and mycology with special emphasis on how normal and potentially pathogenic microbial flora of the oral cavity contribute to both systemic and oral disease. Methods of sterilization and disinfection are also stressed along with their application to the prevention of cross contamination in the dental office.