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
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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Anastasios K. Markopoulos