New Edition
Essential Microbiology for Dentistry,
Edition 5
By Lakshman Samaranayake, DSc DDS FRCPath FDSRCS(Edin) FRACDS FDSRCPS

Publication Date: 30 Apr 2018

The latest edition of this essential textbook continues to support a new generation of dental students in their understanding of microbiom and oral microbiota, basic immunology, oral and systemic infections and cross-infection control.

Fully updated throughout with the latest developments in oral microbiology, microbiomics, disease prevention and control, Essential Microbiology for Dentistry will be essential for all undergraduates studying dentistry as well as anyone undertaking postgraduate training.

Key Features

  • Friendly, accessible writing style helps readers engage with key information
  • Helpful self-assessment – in the style of both dental school and RCS exams –enables students to monitor their progress
  • Evidenced-based throughout to help facilitate safe clinical practice
  • Ample use of artwork helps explain complex structures, physiological processes and the effect of drug intervention
  • Helpful use of italics for clinically relevant facts and emboldened key words to highlight important information
  • Presents the latest national and international guidelines
  • ‘Key Fact’ boxes at the end of each chapter help summarize core information
  • Contains a comprehensive glossary and abbreviations list


New Features

  • Expanded to meet the higher-level of understanding and application of knowledge required of students today
  • Provides a fuller discussion of the oral microbiome and the microbiota ; new microbial identification technology; antibiotic steweardship;, ; endodontic infections; implant-related infections; plaque biofilms and the systemic disease axis and the current guidelines on antimicrobial prophylaxis
  • Contains new photographic images – many previously unpublished
  • Provides enhanced discussions of newer molecular based methods of diagnosis
  • Explores the latest research in dental plaque biofilm functionality and metabolism, and the mechanisms of enhanced resistance caused by biofilms
  • Now comes with a helpful ONLINE RESOURCE containing a wide range of MCQS to help students monitor their progress!
About the author
By Lakshman Samaranayake, DSc DDS FRCPath FDSRCS(Edin) FRACDS FDSRCPS, Professor of Oral Microbiomics and Infection, School of Dentistry, University of Queensland, Australia; Professor Emeritus, University of Hong Kong and Professor – King James IV, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2013).
Table of Contents

1. Why study microbiology?


2. Bacterial structure and taxonomy

3. Bacterial physiology and genetics

4. Viruses and prions

5. Pathogenesis of microbial disease

6. Diagnostic microbiology and laboratory methods

7. Antimicrobial chemotherapy


8. The immune system and the oral cavity

9. The immune response

10. Immunity and infection


11. Streptococci, staphylococci and micrococci

12. Lactobacilli, corynebacteria and propionibacteria

13. Actinomycetes, clostridia and Bacillus species

14. Neisseriaceae, Veillonella, parvobacteria and Capnocytophaga

15. Enterobacteria

16. Vibrios, campylobacters and Wolinella

17. Bacteroides, Tannerella, Porphyromonas and Prevotella

18. Fusobacteria, Leptotrichia and spirochaetes

19. Mycobacteria and legionellae

20. Chlamydiae, rickettsiae and mycoplasmas

21. Viruses of relevance to dentistry

22. Fungi of relevance to dentistry


23. Infections of the respiratory tract

24. Infections of the cardiovascular system

25. Infections of the central nervous and locomotor systems

26. Infections of the gastrointestinal tract

27. Infections of the genitourinary tract

28. Skin and wound infections

29. Viral hepatitis

30. Human immunodeficiency virus infection, AIDS and infections in compromised patients


31. Oral microbiome and the oral ecosystem

32. Microbiology of dental caries

33. Microbiology of periodontal disease

34. Dentoalveolar and endodontic infections

35. Oral mucosal and salivary gland infections


36. Principles of infection control

37. Infection control procedures in dentistry: personal protection, sharps injuries protocol, and immunization

38. Infection control procedures in dentistry: sterilization, disinfection and antisepsis

Glossary of terms and abbreviations

Book Reviews

The text is written in a very easy-to-read style which will make it popular and a book of choice for many dental students and dentists. I particularly like the ‘Key Facts’ section and the use of italics for clinically relevant facts and key words in bold which is a useful means of highlighting important information. The review questions at the end of each chapter are of a similar format to those used in examinations set by dental schools for undergraduate examinations and the Royal Colleges in the UK for postgraduate examinations. Together with the excellent glossary of terms and abbreviations these sections will be very popular as revision aids, allowing the reader to assess their understanding in the key areas of importance.

Essential Microbiology for Dentistry is a rextbook which not only covers the fundamentals of microbiology but, uniquely, how this relates to modern-day practice leaving the reader in no doubt of the importance of this subject to this clinical discipline.

Book details
ISBN: 9780702074356
Page Count: 400
Illustrations : Approx. 200 illustrations (186 in color)
Retail Price : £66.99

Undergraduate and post-graduate dental students, including candidates for the ORE and MJDF, and MFDS examinations

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