Primary Preventive Dentistry (8e) : 9780132845700

Primary Preventive Dentistry (8e)

Harris & Garcia-Godoy
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For all introductory, clinical, and preventive courses in dental hygiene and dental assisting that cover preventive dental modalities and concepts.


Organised for consistency, coherence, and readability, this fully updated text covers all areas of prevention in dental care. It first describes dental diseases and conditions, helping students clearly understand the processes that can be prevented through the use of preventive modalities or ideas. Next, it presents detailed strategies to prevent these diseases and conditions.


Throughout, specific target populations are defined and described based upon scientifically valid preventive strategies aimed at their needs. This edition improves student understanding with more photos, illustrations, diagrams, and tables; highlights “fun facts” about the topic; adds a new chapter on the important influence culture plays in preventive dental care; and is supported by many new web-based review questions and case studies for each chapter. 

Table of contents
  • UNIT ONE: Primary Preventive Dental Concepts
  • 1. Introduction to Primary Preventive Dentistry
  • 2. Cultural Health Influences
  • 3. Dental Hygiene Science
  • UNIT TWO: Etiology of Dental Diseases and Conditions
  • 4. Dental Plaque Biofilm
  • 5. Carious Lesions
  • 6. Periodontal Disease
  • 7. Oral Cancer
  • 8. Dental Trauma
  • 9. Host Defense Mechanisms in the Oral Cavity
  • UNIT THREE: Preventive Strategies
  • 10. Toothbrushes and Toothbrushing Methods
  • 11. Dentifrices, Mouthrinses and Chewing Gums
  • 12. Self-Care Adjuncts
  • 13. Implant and Denture Self-Care
  • 14. Community Water Fluoridation
  • 15. Topical Fluoride Therapy
  • 16. Dental Sealants
  • 17. Nutrition, Diet, and Associated Oral Conditions
  • 18. Sugar and Other Sweeteners
  • 19. Health Education and Promotion Theories
  • 20. Tobacco Cessation
  • 21. Athletic Mouthguards
  • 22. Technological Advances in Primary Dental Care
  • UNIT FOUR: Target Populations
  • 23. Pregnancy and Infancy
  • 24. Pediatrics
  • 25. Adult Dental Care
  • 26. Geriatrics
  • 27. Medically Compromised Populations
  • 28. Populations with Developmental Disabilities
New to this edition

Thoroughly updated to support faster and more intuitive learning, with new visuals, additional realistic case studies, “Did You Know” fun facts, improved organization, and additional web resources


New! Full chapter on the influence of culture in preventive health care—helps students more fully support the needs of diverse patient communities


Expanded and improved! Contains more photos, illustrations, diagrams, and tables—supports visual and intuitive learning, and promotes more rapid comprehension


New! “Did You Know” Concepts features—illuminate “fun facts” and promote student interest


Improved! More self-study questions at the end of each chapter—promote deeper understanding of practical considerations, greater mastery, and more student confidence


Enhanced! Companion website adds new case studies and exercises—helps students gain a more realistic understanding of key concepts and theories


Improved! Reorganized coverage of target populations—offers faster access to information about diseases, manifestations, and preventive strategies for each population

Features & benefits

Helps prepare students for all aspects of preventive care. Thoroughly covers all preventive care strategies, modalities, and ideas, including tooth brushing, dentifrices, toothpastes and mouthrinses, oral hygiene aids, fluorides, dental sealants, nutrition, mouthguards, tobacco cessation, and theories of health education and promotion.


Provides extensive interactive experience. Contains self-study questions after every chapter.


Helps students understand the relationships between prevention, urgent, and restorative care. Opens with a complete unit that places prevention in the broader context of dental and health care, and thoroughly introduces the assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic sciences of dental care.


Prepares students to recognise oral disease etiology and contributing risk factors. Includes easy-to-understand chapters on plaque, dental caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer, dental trauma and host mechanisms, with discussions of the etiology of each dental disease.


Helps students prevent dental disease and maintain health in several key target populations. Includes coverage of dental health and prevention in infants, children, individuals with medical conditions and/or diseases, older adults, and hospitalised individuals; as well as key information on public health approaches to prevention.

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