Cariology and Preventive Dentistry


Course Objective

Competences covered according to the General Educational Framework
Dentistry 2008 are: I (4), II (4), V d-h (5), VI (4), VII (4)
The student has
• In-depth knowledge of
o the disease process (both acute and chronical) in primary dentition
and in permanent dentition for various dental diseases: caries,
periodontal diseases and erosion.
o the role of bacteria
o the role of dietary habits (a.o. sucrose, acids….); possibilities of
caries control by modification of diet, evidence for the influence of
the diet on caries relative cariogenicity of carbohydrates
o biochemical events in dental plaque; including plaque ecology and
structure of plaque, host defense mechanisms in/against microbial
plaque, factors influencing plaque formation, factors modifying the
defense system
o remineralisation phenomena
o psycho-social aspects and risk assessment
• in-depth knowledge and experience in various caries preventive
measures, both home-care and professional care
• experience in
o giving dental health education for the child and the parents
o performing professional preventive care and evaluate the (cost)effect
of preventive programmes and methods within dental care for children and
o risk assessment for patients to develop any dental disease

Course Content

Prevention of oral diseases should be the key element in paediatric
dentistry. Preventive measures should be adapted from the earliest
stages of oral care and should accompany all treatment strategies that
are applied.
In this course the students will learn all basic knowledge and new
insights, based on both evidence ánd experience of fluoride and (caries)
preventive dentistry. The role of brushing, diet and fluoride. The
cost-effect ratio of preventive programs. An historical overview will be
given upon knowledge, epidemiological trends, tendencies and activities
concerning preventive oral care, both community driven as well as
individually orientated.

Students will learn the basic knowledge of erosion and current concepts
of carious etiology and treatment. Various treatment strategies for
(deep) caries (conventional, minimal invasive experimental) will be
discussed, reviewed and trained in (pre)clinical situations. The student
will learn how to plan (long and short term) and conduct dental
treatment respecting an individual approach towards the child.

Teaching Methods

Seminars, Assignments

Method of Assessment

Learning assessment
• Overall assessment of assignments during the seminars (grade: Good;
Pass; or Fail)
• Presentation and discussion (grade: 1-10)

A prerequisite for grade registration (grade 1-10) is successful
completion of the seminar assignments. In case of a fail for one or more
of the seminar assignments and a pass for the presentation and
discussion, a 5.0 will be registered and students will need to retake
the relevant seminar assignments.


• Strijp van A, Amerongen J, Kloet de H, Loveren van C, Roeters F,
Verhoef A. Cariëslaesies. Prelum. 6e druk; 2015
• Fejerskov O, Nyvad B, Kidd E. Dental caries: the disease and its
management, 3th edition 2015. Wiley-Blackwell
• Loveren van C, Weijden van der GA. Preventieve tandheelkunde. Meest
recente druk.
• Van Amerongen W, Berendsen W, Martens L, Veerkamp J.
Kindertandheelkunde I. Bohn Stafleu van Loghem; 2001.
• Van Amerongen W, Berendsen W, Martens L, Veerkamp J.
Kindertandheelkunde II. Bohn Stafleu van Loghem; 2004.
• Reader with selected research papers.

General Information

Course Code T_CARIOPD1
Credits 4 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Dentistry
Course Coordinator dr. C.C. Bonifacio DDS
Examiner dr. C.C. Bonifacio DDS
Teaching Staff dr. A.J.P. van Strijp
prof. dr. C. van Loveren
dr. D. Hesse
dr. C.C. Bonifacio DDS

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself