The Oral Microbiome: A New View of Plaque Biofilm
COURSE NUMBER: 676
Salme E. Lavigne, RDH, PhD; Pamela R. Overman, EdD, RDH
The primary learning objective for this course is to increase your general knowledge of the evolution of various plaque hypotheses throughout the years, highlighting the current view of plaque biofilm as an integral part of the oral microbi...
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The primary learning objective for this course is to increase your general knowledge of the evolution of various plaque hypotheses throughout the years, highlighting the current view of plaque biofilm as an integral part of the oral microbiome; its role in health and disease; and the ramifications for periodontal therapy.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students
Date Course Online:
Sep 1, 2023
Last Revision Date:
Course Expiration Date:
Aug 31, 2026
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Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Compare and contrast the differing plaque hypotheses from the 19th century to current times.
- Define plaque as a biofilm.
- Compare and contrast the behavior of bacteria as grown on culture plates with their behavior in biofilms.
- Discuss the positive and negative aspects of biofilm formation in nature.
- Provide examples of how biofilm provides benefits and harms.
- Discuss microbial biofilms as part of the oral microbiome.
- Identify the key microbial species associated with the conversion of a symbiotic biofilm to one of dysbiosis.
- Discuss the various bacterial color complexes involved in the sequential colonization of plaque microorganisms.
- Describe the role that commensal microorganisms play in plaque biofilm.
- Summarize how plaque microorganisms enter a state of dysbiosis.
- Discuss current thought on the role that inflammation plays in conversion of gingivitis to periodontitis using the IMPEDE model.
- Discuss the ramifications of total microbial elimination.
- Describe both traditional and novel strategies for the control of oral biofilm targeted to maintain the oral cavity in a state of symbiosis.
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- Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.
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