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The Foundation of Modern Dentistry

Gain an overview of oral-related diseases and treatments to deliver preventative services to your dentistry patients.

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Dentists use medical equipment to clean patients' teeth

The Foundation of Modern Dentistry

752 enrolled on this course

  • 7 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Develop essential knowledge of oral hygiene and health

Good oral hygiene can help prevent oral diseases and is key in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing.

On this seven-week course, you’ll gain a solid understanding of oral-related diseases and discover the treatments and preventative services you can deliver to your patients.

You’ll review topics from basic concepts before exploring new trends in dental treatments, research, and technology.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to effectively relay dental-related knowledge to your patients in order for them to better understand their problem and where it came from.

Understand disease prevention measures and the function of saliva

As you learn to recognise common dental diseases, you’ll unpack the different disease prevention measures to improve your health and the health of your patients.

Next, you’ll discover the function of saliva and its often overlooked importance in maintaining oral health.

Learn how to choose the right dental treatment

To ensure you provide the best care for your patients, you’ll explore the variety of dental treatments on offer.

With this knowledge, you’ll gain the skills to choose the right dental treatment at the right time.

Understand the biocompatibility of dental materials

Next, you’ll gain a solid introduction to different types of dental materials.

You’ll delve into the history and evolution of dental implants as well as its biocompatibility. This understanding will help you explore the risk factors and best dental care plan for implants.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to provide better care for your patients.

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  • Week 1

    Visit the dentist in the post-pandemic era

    • Welcome to the Course

      We will show you how to manage dental-related issues where COVID-19 still exists, and the scientific knowledge for a better understanding of what is causing some of the most common oral health problems and how to treat them.

    • Perspectives on Pandemics

      Professor Eisner Salamanca will introduce the changes that historical pandemics have brought to medical development and the public's perception of public health. It will also make people aware of the world's improved preparations.

    • The Challenges Facing Dentistry After the Pandemic

      Professor Eisner Salamanca will present the impact of COVID-19 and the challenges facing dentistry after COVID-19.

  • Week 2

    Oral hygiene instructions

    • Recognize Common Dental Diseases

      Professor Eisner Salamanca will present the common dental diseases, cavities, and periodontal diseases. He will also explain the factors that influence the development of periodontal disease.

    • Improve Your Health, Take Care of Your Mouth

      We will show you how to improve the oral condition in your life. If you're a dentist or someone related to health care, you can keep in mind what areas of oral hygiene people have concerns about or areas that need improvement.

  • Week 3

    The Importance of Saliva

    • Introduction to the Function of Saliva

      Professor Ching-Shuen Wang will introduce the function of saliva and how is saliva secreted. He will give you a better understanding of the composition of saliva.

    • The Diseases Associated with Saliva

      We will show you the diseases related to saliva and the future trend and direction of saliva diagnosis. The importance of saliva is beyond your imagination.

  • Week 4

    Dental Treatments

    • Anatomy of Gingiva

      Professor Salamanca will introduce the structure of the gingiva. He will explain the function of the periodontal ligament.

    • Periodontal Treatment

      Professor Salamanca will introduce the occurrence and treatment of periodontal disease. He will also explain the sequence in which the dentist treats the periodontal.

  • Week 5

    Dental Materials

    • Introduction to Dental Materials

      We will show you what dental materials are, how many types of dental materials there are, classify dental materials by function, and finally give you a few examples of dental materials commonly used in dentistry.

    • Restorative and Ausiliary Dental Materials

      Professor Ching-Shuen Wang will introduce the restorative and ausiliary dental materials for dental treatment.

  • Week 6

    Dental Implants: Evaluation & Selection

    • Preoperative evaluation of dental implants

      We will show you what you need to do for a preoperative evaluation of dental implant surgery, including dental history, clinical examination, and Intraoral tissue assessment.

    • Choose an Implant

      Professor Eisner Salamanca will introduce the classification of implants and where to place them. He will also explain preparations for implants and the four major categories of implant positions.

  • Week 7

    Dental Implant Placement

    • Considerations in Dental Implant Placement

      Professor Eisner Salamanca will show you how to prevent complications after dental implants with regular checkups. The purpose of the postoperative examination is to assess the health of the implant.

    • Course Assessment & Reflection

      This is the course assessment & reflection for this course. Thank you for participating in this course!

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Smmarise the changes after COVID-19 in the context of dentistry
  • Demostrate the correct oral hygiene technique
  • Classify dental implants and materials
  • Explore the treatments for common dental diseases

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for any student or first-year dental student requiring basics of clinical dental knowledge.

This includes undergraduate dental students, post-graduate dental students, and dentists in clinical practice.

Who will you learn with?

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Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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