An in-depth presentation of the oral ecosystem and its role in human health and disease
In the second edition of best-selling textbook Oral Microbiology and Immunology, an international panel of editors presents an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of the oral ecosystem and its role in human health and disease. Written specifically for dental students, dental practitioners, and healthcare professionals, Oral Microbiology and Immunology cohesively details the ecology, virulence, molecular biology, and immunogenicity of oral bacteria, viruses, and fungi and examines their interfaces with host cells and secretions.
This new edition addresses the technological and conceptual advances that have increased our understanding of the etiology of oral diseases and the nature of pathogenic mechanisms and the host response, including:
• Genome sequencing of a bacterium or a community of bacteria
• Knockout mice deficient in specific components of both the innate and adaptive immune systems
• High-resolution and 3D imaging techniques of communities growing in biofilms and the intimate interactions between microbes and host cells
Despite these advances, the incidence of caries and periodontal disease continues to be a challenge. Therefore, it is vital for dental practitioners and clinical scientists to understand the science underlying oral health and disease and apply this knowledge for future health improvements.
"This book covers the ecology, physiology, molecular biology, immunogenicity, and virulence of oral bacteria, viruses, and fungi as described by the authors. The information is in depth and current. The discussion of biofilms and microbiomes, as well as the role of molecular biology and applied molecular techniques in microbial identification and pathogenic mechanisms, makes this essential reading for teaching and understanding oral microbiology and immunology."
-- Janet Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD (Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry) - Doody's Review
"This is a unique microbiology textbook that focuses on the bacteria that exist in the environment of the oral cavity."
-- Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition
This title is written for dental practitioners and other healthcare providers, clinical scientists, students, or residents. It is a great overview and review of oral microbiology and immunology for this audience and for other scientists who might be interested in gaining a better understanding of the oral microbial environment and its impact on oral health and pathology. The authors are highly credentialed and they have amassed an equally qualified group of accomplished contributors.