Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Discuss tooth structure.
  • Describe how the mineral composition and structure of enamel relates to caries.
  • Be familiar with the concept of enamel maturation.
  • Explain what saliva is and how it is produced.
  • Identify the major salivary glands.
  • Explain the nerve control of saliva secretion.
  • List the physical, chemical, and antibacterial properties of saliva.
  • Describe the host's immune response in the dental caries process.