Author: Anastasios K. Markopoulos

A Handbook of Oral Physiology and Oral Biology

eBook: US $34 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $79
Printed Copy: US $62
Library License: US $136
ISBN: 978-1-60805-635-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-113-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2010
DOI: 10.2174/97816080511371100101


This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the part of dentistry that links basic physiologic and pathophysiologic mechanisms to frequently encountered problems in dental practice. Themes that are covered include the structure and function of the cells of oral mucosa, the biology of bone, the functions of oral mucosa, some important aspects on oral microbial flora and biofilms and finally the current principles on mastication, swallowing and speech. The knowledge of basic sciences is essential in oral biology, helping to understand the nature and behavior of cells, tissues and organs in health and disease. It is an easy-to-read, relatively brief but a comprehensive Ebook appropriate for undergraduate and graduate dental students as well as for practicing clinicians.


Oral biology deals with the biochemical, chemical, molecular biologic, general biologic and physical aspects of all processes that take place in the oral cavity, in the masticatory organ, and in the associated tissues and body fluids. From the methodological point of view, oral biology is indistinguishable from basic sciences.

In this book, Professor Markopoulos excellently discusses the fundamental aspects of the structure and function of the oral mucosal cells and its specializations, which allow oral mucosa to fulfill several roles. He successfully also covers other important topics, such as aspects of bone biology, oral microbiology, mastication, deglutition and speech.

Antonis Konstantinidis, DDS, MSc, PhD
Professor & Chairman of Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Implant Biology
School of Dentistry, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece