Defense Date

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Biochemistry

First Advisor

Janina P. Lewis

Second Advisor

Dayanjan Wijesinghe

Abstract

There are limited teaching tools for helping both students and patients understand the oral microbiome. It is important to understand the oral microbiome as it heavily influences the health of your oral cavity and the dysbiosis of disease. The oral microbiome influences other aspects of health and serves as an indicator for health. With a greater understanding of the oral microbiome, patients can make healthier lifestyle changes and dentists can better educate their patients. For that reason, the goal of this project was to create a virtual reality tool for visualizing the oral microbiome. The assets for the VR tool such as the bacteria, head, and teeth, were created using Blender. Afterward, the assets were coded and used in Unity to create the virtual reality scenes. The final product allows users to go inside the oral cavity and explore the oral microbiome. While exploring the mouth, users can go into the dental biofilm to learn more about the oral microbiome. Inside the plaque, the user can interact with the bacteria and learn more about the bacteria in the oral microbiome. This educational VR tool incorporates knowledge about the oral microbiome such as the bacteria present, virulence factors, bacterial interactions, and various dental pathologies. This tool encompasses more concepts than a single graph or image can and as a result provides a more effective way for teaching students and patients about the oral microbiome.

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Is Part Of

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Date of Submission

5-6-2021

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