Oral Microbiologyby Philip D. Marsh, Michael V. Martin, Michael A. O. Lewis, David Williams
Now expanded and in full colour throughout, ORAL MICROBIOLOGY retains its unique ecological approach to the subject which helps the reader determine whether an organism will have a pathogenic or commensal relationship at a given site. In the new edition, greater emphasis is placed on the role of current molecular biology techniques in the understanding of oral microbes. The book also provides insight into current therapeutic and prophylactic antibiotic use, infection control, and the relationships between oral and general health. New authorship also offers additional expertise on viral and fungal pathogens and the role of oral microbes in acute and chronic infections.
- Successfully describes the complex relationship between the resident oral microflora and the host in health and disease
- Retains a unique ecological approach to the subject which benefits the reader by providing a clear set of principles to explain the underlying issues that determine whether the microflora will have a beneficial or an adverse relationship with the host at a particular site
- Published for the first time in full colour, Oral Microbiology has been expanded and completely rewritten with almost 100 brand new illustrations
- Includes discussion of the latest molecular biology techniques which have revolutionized our knowledge of oral microbes
- Highlights the biological and clinical significance of the existence of the oral microflora in the form of a biofilm on dental and mucosal surfaces
- Includes contemporary views on therapeutic and prophylactic antibiotic use, infection control, and the relationships between oral and general health
- New authorship offers further expertise on viral and fungal pathogens and the role of oral microbes in acute and chronic infections
Description: This compact, soft cover volume is a concise introduction to diverse topics in oral microbiology. This fourth edition, updated from the 1992 edition, contains coverage of oral microbes, oral microecology, and clinical topics.
Purpose: The author's intent is to "describe the complex relationship between the resident oral microflora both in health and disease."
Audience: It is an introductory level text aimed toward dental and dental hygiene students, and to others needing a general introduction to oral microbiology, host-microbe interactions, or infection control. A familiarity with basic organic chemistry concepts and metabolism is assumed.
Features: Topics from basic microbiology, cariology, periodontics, oral medicine, dental therapeutics, and infection control are covered, and linked. Roughly the first third of the book is devoted to general descriptive oral microbiology, including in-depth discussions of microbiologic ecology and the resident microflora. In the remainder of the text specific oral conditions, including caries, periodontal disease, and other chronic and acute infections are covered. There are specific chapters on principles of dental therapeutics and infection control. The chapter on plaque as a biofilm is particularly complete. Each chapter concludes with a summary of important points and a few references; a glossary and index complete the content. As both the authors are British, there is a slight bias toward British journals in the references, and to the U.K. in discussions of public health and epidemiology.
Assessment: As an introductory text containing the most important facets of oral microbiology, this book would be a valuable text for dental students or researchers. Those who need in-depth coverage on any topic or specific information on the treatment of any of the conditions will need to turn to more specialized texts.
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Meet the Author
Dr. Williams currently leads the Oral Microbiology Group based at the School of Dentistry, at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Since Dr. Williams’ first degree (Cardiff University), he has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, food microbiology and as an academic researcher. Having completed a PhD at the School of Dentistry in Cardiff on the immunopathogenesis of oral candidosis, Dr. Williams’ research has continued within Cardiff University and primarily focuses within the field of Clinical Microbiology with an emphasis on studies involving microbial biofilms. Dr. Williams’ research encompasses investigating biofilm susceptibility to antimicrobial agents, expression of virulence factors such as hydrolytic enzyme production, adhesion, and microbial modulation of innate immune responses. Of particular interest has been research into the development of biomaterials (e.g. silicone rubber, acrylic, titanium) to inhibit biofilm formation on medical devices. Dr. Williams is a previous recipient of the Senior Colgate Award (British Society for Oral and Dental Research) and the International Hatton Award (The International Association for Dental Research).
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