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Unit Overview


This unit is an introduction to Cariology and Periodontics. Students will attain knowledge in the diagnosis of dental caries and plaque related gingival diseases. Students will gain an understanding of non-operative caries and plaque control and understand the role of the Public Health System in dentistry and oral health.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the formation, composition and pathogenic effect of dental plaque; (2) demonstrate the diagnosis of dental caries; (3) demonstrate the diagnosis and management of plaque-related gingival inflammation; (4) produce patient-specific plaque control and non-operative caries management plans; (5) discuss the role of the Public Health system in dentistry and oral health; (6) apply professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings; (7) discuss challenges to professionalism and reflect on professional behaviours in the clinical setting; (8) apply critical and insightful self-reflection of their own personal values, well-being, personal difficulties and professional performance; and (9) analyse professionalism challenges and respond with insightful self reflection by implementing effective management strategies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessment (final examination)

; (2) oral presentation (report on public health placement)

; (3) oral presentation (literature review)

; and (4) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the written assessment (final examination) , oral presentation (literature review) , and professional behaviour assessment components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jilen Patel
Unit rules
Enrolment in 90860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 19) and
or DENT4122 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 2 (ID 6810)
IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III (ID 5975)
and IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV (ID 5976)
DENT4221 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 3 (ID 6661)
, DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2 (ID 6655)
, DENT4233 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 3 (ID 6656)
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic includes High academic achievement direct pathway 24 places, indigenous entry, rural 3 places and standard pathway graduate applicants 20 and 6 international.
Contact hours
Lecture 1 hr per week on average
Practical sessions 6 hrs per week on average
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.