A Special Edition by

Dentistry – Open Journal (DOJ)

Submissions deadline: January, 2019 (Article Processing Charges for Research articles is $679 USD and for short communications will be the $379 USD. For more details click here.)

Accepted Date: April, 2019.

Release Date: June, 2019 (Accepted papers will be published online immediately).

Michelle A. (Kurpakus) Wheater, PhD

Director of Research
Department Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Detroit, MI 48208, USA
E-mail: wheatemi@udmercy.edu

Ashok Balasundaram, BDS, DDS, MDS, MS

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Detroit, MI 48208, USA
E-mail: balasuas@gmail.com

Introduction of Special Edition

Radiographic Interpretation as a Teaching Tool for Dental and Dental Hygiene Students

Dental education encompasses knowledge of various oral and maxillofacial diseases imparted as part of the dental curriculum. Due to the extensive nature of disorders that could affect the head and neck region and time constraints, students and later dental professionals, are limited in their ability to develop a comprehensive, systematic and coherent method to interpret radiographic images for effective diagnosis. The goal of this special edition is to introduce radiographic interpretation in dentistry to the readers and emphasize the value of this task for dental and dental hygiene professionals in training. We hope and believe that this special edition and the articles of educational research contained therein will give an insight into the nuances involving teaching the art and science of radiographic interpretation as it implies to the training future dental professionals.

 

 

Dr. Michelle A. Wheater

(Guest Editor)

A Special Edition by

Dentistry – Open Journal (DOJ)

Submissions deadline: June, 2016 (Article Processing Charges for Research articles is $679 USD and for short communications will be the $379 USD. For more details click here.)

Accepted Date: July 31st, 2016.

Release Date: September, 2016 (Accepted papers will be published online immediately).

Otto Lok Tao Lam, BSc, BDS, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor in Oral Rehabilitation
Faculty of Dentistry
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Introduction of Special Edition

Oral Infections and Microbiology

The oral cavity encompasses a diverse set of ecological niches for microbial populations. For example, yeasts are commonly found on the dorsal tongue surface, as well as other soft tissue surfaces within the oral cavity. Although oral carriage is often asymptomatic in healthy individuals, perturbations in host defenses, and other factors such as usage of broad spectrum antibiotics may favor proliferation of these opportunistic pathogens and localized oral mucosal infections.

While oral soft tissues undergo continual epithelial turnover, tooth surfaces are incapable of shedding and provide a unique environment for the buildup of dental plaque. Plaque exists as a biofilm, and its role in dental caries and periodontal disease has been well established. Infections associated with oral microbes, however, are not limited to the oral cavity. The location of plaque on tooth surfaces also presents with the potential for microbial access to the periodontal vasculature and systemic circulation, upon disruption of the dentogingival junction. The latter may be caused by daily activities such as tooth brushing, as well as operative dental procedures which involve manipulation of the periodontal tissues. Such oral origins for bacteremia have been associated with end organ infections. The oral cavity also serves as a major portal of entry for the respiratory tract, and the harboring of oral respiratory pathogens is a prime etiological factor for aspiration pneumonia.

The goal of this special edition is broad, and will be to provide a comprehensive collection of research articles documenting recent findings in relation to oral microbiology- from the molecular level to clinical practice, and oral infections-from local to systemic.

 

Editorial

Special Edition on Oral Infections and Microbiology

Otto Lok Tao Lam* and Paul Wai Kei Tsang

Provisional PDF284 KB284 KB

 

Dr. Otto Lok Tao Lam

(Guest Editor)