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Semester 2 (Early-Start)
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This subject will assist students in developing knowledge regarding the common oral diseases that are caused by bacteria that are part of dental plaque, especially periodontitis and dental caries. This is a highly integrated subject that brings together advanced concepts in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, anatomy, behavioural science and clinical practice that are relevant to the understanding of oral health and disease. The students will learn about these diseases at the community, individual, cellular and molecular level. They will learn about the host immune response to both oral commensal and pathogenic bacteria. They will also learn about the links between oral and systemic health. Students will engage in extensive preclinical activities, problem-based and computer-based learning exercises that will enable them to make treatment decisions and prepare them for dental clinical practice.
In Block 3 students will gain knowledge of common oral preventive procedures such as manual plaque control and use of preventive agents such as toothpastes and topical fluorides. Students will gain knowledge in the interpretation of bitewing radiographs.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, the student should:
- be able to collect, analyse, interpret and present oral health data;
- be able to discuss the means of prevention and control of infectious oral diseases at the individual and community level;
- be able to apply the knowledge gained from Semester 1 (Teaching Blocks 1 and 2) to diagnose plaque-related oral diseases;
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of diagnosis of plaque-related oral diseases (caries and periodontal disease) using specialist diagnostic procedures and technology;
- be able to comprehend the concepts of immunology relevant to plaque-related oral dieases;
- have developed skills in using instruments appropriately for removal of plaque (tooth debridement) on manikins.
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- have developed skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
- have developed effective organisational and time management skills;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
- understand the need for precision, accuracy and self-evaluation.
Last updated: 11 February 2021