Preventative Dentistry (DENT5013)


To provide students with sufficient background and appreciation of the importance of preventive dentistry and oral health promotion and to provide them with the opportunity to develop skills and acquire essential knowledge in this field for the effective practice of population oral health. The following topics will be covered: principles of prevention; oral diseases and conditions of public health concern - a review; the epidemiology of the common oral problems; prevention of dental caries; prevention of periodontal disease; prevention of other diseases of oral health concern; evidence-based preventive dental care; principles of health education, health protection, and oral health promotion; and analysis of health education and oral health promotion initiatives. On the completion of this unit of study, the student will be able to: understand the efficacy and effectiveness of risk reduction strategies in relation to the common oral problems and conditions; select interventions and strategies for the prevention and control of oral disease and the promotion of oral health; and understand the limitations of health education and the potential for oral health improvement through effective oral health promotion strategies.

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Further unit of study information


30hrs consisting of 10x(1hr lecture/seminar and 2hr tutorial)


individual written assignments (70%), tutorial discussion and group-work participation (30%)


Fejerskov O, Kidd E (Editors) with Nyvad B and Baelum V. Dental caries: the disease and its clinical management. Oxford: Blackwell Munksgaard, 2008.
Burt BA, Eklund SA. Dentistry, dental practice, and the community, 6th edition. St Louis Missouri: Elsevier Saunders, 2005.
Murray JJ, Nunn JH, Steele JG (Editors). Prevention of oral disease, 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Nutbeam D, Harris E. Theory in a nutshell - A practical guide to health promotion theories. Second edition. Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

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Unit of study rules


((PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018) or DENT6000

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.