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091711A Cariology I, 2 ECTS cr 
Code 091711A  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Cariology I  Abbreviation Cariology I 
Scope2 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline5402 Dentistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Dentistry 

Vuokko Anttonen 
Marja-Liisa Laitala 
Tarja Tanner 
Leo Tjäderhane 

ECTS Credits 

2 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



2nd study year spring term

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to

  • understand factors associated with development of dental caries lesions as well as those protecting from caries lesions
  • be aware of the histology of dental hard tissues as well a as histo-pathology of dental caries
  • know prevalence of caries as well as indices meant for measuring the disease

Histology of dental tissues, histopathology, microbiology, saliva, diet, sugars, prevalence of caries, indices

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

lectures 20 hours, hands-on practices 7 hours, self-studies 7 hours, total of 54 hours = 2 ECTS cr

Hands-on practices 100 % attendance

Target group 

2nd year dental students

Recommended optional programme components 

Passed 091711A Cariology I course and accepted examination is required to proceed to hands-on course  A540231 Cariology II in semester 5  (DC5)

Recommended or required reading 

Nanci A (ed.). Ten Cate's Oral Histology: Development, Structure, and Function. Edited by Antonio Nanci. Seventh edition; ss. 141-238. St. Louis, Mosby Elsevier.

Dental Caries. The Disease and its Clinical Management. Edited by Ole Fejerskov, Bente Nyvad and Edwina Kidd. Third Edition. Oxford, Wiley Blackwell.


Meyer-Lueckel H, Paris S, Ekstrand K. Caries management – Science and Clinical Practice. 2013 Georg Thieme Verlag KG. Stuttgart, Saksa.

Books, DC 4 (required in the exam after Cariology I course in the beginning of 3rd study year DC5)

Ten Cate's Oral Histology. Development, Structure, and Function. 7nd Ed. Antonio Nanci, editor. Ss. 141-238 (98 s.)

Meyer-Lueckel H, Paris S, Ekstrand K. Caries management – Science and Clinical Practice. 2013 Georg Thieme Verlag KG. Stuttgart, Saksa.
o The disease; chapters 1-4, pages 10-60

Fejerskov O, Nyvad B, Kidd E. Dental Caries. The Disease and its Management. 3rd Ed.

- Part I The disease and its diagnosis
o Chapter 2 Dental caries: what is it?, ss. 7-9 (3 s.)
o Chapter 4 How big is the problem? Epidemiological features of dental caries, ss. 21-41 (21 s.)

- Part III The caries lesion and it´s biological determinants
o Chapter 7 Biofilms in caries development, ss. 107-129 (24 s.)
o Chapter 6 Saliva and caries development, ss. 83-105 (23 s.)
o Chapter 9 Demineralization and remineralization: the key to understanding clinical manifestations of dental caries ss. 155-169 (15 s.)

- Part IV Controlling dental caries
o Chapter 14 Fluorides in caries control ss. 245-272 (28 s.)
o Chapter 13 The caries control concepts, ss. 235-242 (8 s.)
o Chapter 15 Role of oral hygiene, ss. 277-283 (7 s.)
o Chapter 8 Diet and dental caries, ss. 133-151 (19 s.)

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Assessment methods and criteria 

web-based exam


The course unit utilizes verbal grading scale pass/fail.

Passed Cariology I examination is required to proceed to course A540231 Cariology II.

Person responsible 

Professor Marja-Liisa Laitala, PhD Tarja Tanner

Other information 

Details of the activities and teaching methods and possible compulsory attendance will be agreed in the beginning of the respective courses.

Passing the midterm exams is the prerequisite for attending the clinical studies and final exam.

Students are encouraged to give feed-back after the course.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Kariologia I  Course  Marja-Liisa Laitala  04.04.22 -25.04.22

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