03257 - Clinical Microbiology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Dental Hygiene (cod. 8481)

Learning outcomes

The student should recognize the main characteristics of thedistinct groups of microorganisms, the main diagnostic methods for identification of microorganisms, and the pathogenetic mechanisms employed by pathogens of oral cavity.

The student should also havespecific knowledge on pathogens responsibleof infections/diseases of the oral cavity (gingivitis, periodontitis, dental caries etc.).

Course contents


The main bacteria of the oral cavity.

Microbiology of dental plaque biofilms and their role in oral health and caries.

The microbiology of dental caries.

Microbiology of periodontal diseases.

Oral lesions in infectious diseases.

Laboratory activities:

Automation in the laboratory of bacteriology. microscopic observations of bacterial morphologies after Gram stain. The antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Automation in the laboratory of serology. Direct detection of viral antigens in pathological materials. Real-Time PCR assay: extraction, amplification and interpretation of results.


-Teaching materials provided by the teacher.

-For consultation only: ‘Microbiologia del cavo orale’ di Maria Pia Conte, Francesca Berlutti (Società editrice Esculapio)

Teaching methods

Lectures and activities carried out in the laboratory.

Assessment methods

"In itinere" examination: verification of learning with quizzes and short reports.

Teaching tools

Slides, PDF format, provided by the teacher.

Office hours

See the website of Claudio Foschi


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.