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 is concerned with the nature of the oral and craniofacial tissues and with the application of basic scientific knowledge to oral tissues in health and disease. Oral Biology is a tremendously diverse scientific area, encompassing the disciplines of molecular biology and genetics, microbiology and immunology, biochemistry, biophysics, craniofacial biology and development, pharmacology and physiology. The aim of the present book is to illustrate how fundamental biologic phenomena are involved in the oral diseases. I’ve tried to produce a book, which provides a comprehensive brief overview of the entire field of oral biology and oral physiology. I hope that the book will be of value not only to under- and graduate students, but also to dental practitioners. It will have served a useful purpose if it poses more questions than it answers.

Anastasios K.Markopoulos, DDS, MS, PhD
Professor of Oral Medicine/Pathology
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece


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