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Course Number:
DH 129
Course Title:
Oral Pathology
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Course Description

Introduces the study of oral diseases and recognition of conditions that may require consultation and treatment by a dentist prior to, or concurrent with dental hygiene procedures. Prerequisites: DH 128; BI 122 or BI 232.

Addendum to Course Description

Students must have passed DH 128, Oral Histology, with a grade of "C" or higher prior to enrolling in this course.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

1.  Recognize and refer to the dentist or physician any oral pathological lesions and symptoms of systemic disease requiring immediate diagnosis and/or consultation.

2.  Modify usual treatment procedures to accommodate patients with oral disease.

3.  Identify oral lesions requiring neither consultation nor modification of usual treatment procedures.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture format with various audiovisual aids

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Weekly quizzes.
2. Complete a comprehensive final exam

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Definitions, cellular alterations, cellular specialization, the fluid system of the body, describing oral lesions.

  • Causes of disease; intrinsic, single gene, autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant, sex-linked, chromosomal, oxygen related, temperature related, traumatic, radiation, chemical, drug/hormonal, infections, and developmental diseases.

  • Developmental diseases of soft tissue and bone.

  • Developmental diseases of the teeth.

  • Inflammation, healing, repair and regeneration.

  • Infections with oral implications and requiring treatment alterations.

  • Infections of the teeth.

  • Auto-immune diseases with oral implications and/or requiring treatment alterations.

  • Oral reactions to injury

  • Neoplasia

  • Diseases related to aging

  • Periodontal disease

  • Diseases of the dental pulp

  • Diseases of the blood with oral implications and requiring possible treatment alterations.


1. Prepare written and oral descriptions of all oral lesions for record management and communication purposes.
2. Recognition of signs, symptoms, and treatment of oral diseases.
3. Recognition of lesions requiring consultation with a dentist.
4. Recognition of the radiographic features of some oral diseases.
5. Recognize when usual treatment procedures must be altered to accommodate diseases processes.
6. Recognize those oral lesions and patient symptoms that require immediate referral to the dentist for diagnosis and treatment initiation.
7. Recognize the oral lesions that don’t place the patient’s oral or general health at risk and may or may not require dental hygiene treatment alteration.