Plaque Related Diseases 2

Subject DENT90064 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 91
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 139 hours: 91 contact, 48 non-contact


Successful completion of 1st Year Teaching Blocks 1 and 2 (Semester 1) DDS subjects.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Stuart Dashper


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

This subject is a continuation of Plaque Related Diseases 1. It 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.


On completion of this subject, the student will:

  1. be able to collect, analyse, interpret and present oral health data;
  2. be able to discuss the means of prevention and control of infectious oral diseases at the individual and community level;
  3. apply the knowledge gained from Semester 1 (Teaching Blocks 1 and 2) to diagnose plaque-related oral diseases;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of diagnosis of plaque-related oral diseases (caries and periodontal disease) using specialist diagnostic procedures and technology;
  5. comprehend the concepts of immunology relevant to plaque-related oral dieases;
  6. develop skills in using instruments appropriately for removal of plaque (tooth debridement) on manikins.
  1. 1 x 30 minute pre-clinical examination on periodontology at the end of Teaching Block 4 (10%);
  2. PBL on periodontology throughout Teaching Blocks 3 and 4 (10%);
  3. 4 x 15 minute class tests on cariology and periodontology - one in Teaching Block 3 and 3 in Teaching Block 4(20%);
  4. 1 x 2 hour written exam on cariology and periodontology at the end of Teaching Block 4 (60%).

Section 1 is a hurdle requirement and must be passed to pass the subject overall.

Prescribed Texts:

Fejerskov O, Kidd E 2008 Dental Caries: The Disease and its Clinical Management, 2nd ed, Munksgaard

Lindhe J, Kagging T and Lang N 2008 Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry 5th ed, Munksgaard OR

Takei H, Newman MG, Carranza FA Jr 2006 Carranza's Clinical Periodontology, 10th ed, Saunders

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students should:

  1. be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
  2. have developed skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
  3. have developed effective organisational and time management skills;
  4. be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
  5. understand the need for precision, accuracy and self-evaluation.
Related Course(s): Doctor of Dental Surgery

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