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Oral and Dental Health

Clinical research in oral and dental health is improving understanding, treatment and services for people in the North East and North Cumbria

Oral and Dental

We oversee research that deals with conditions that span from nutritional deficiencies, genetic conditions and general infection to systemic and dental diseases. This means that we support a wide range of research studies such as those involving the study of dental and oral diseases (from caries and periodontal disease to oral cancer and rare genetic disease), those investigating oral conditions (such as orthodontic needs), and studies to prevent and improve the management for all oral conditions. The studies take place in a range of settings, including hospital in-patients, dental hospital outpatients and primary care.

We work to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS and to help plan new studies that will address patient’s needs. We support a wide range of research studies including:

  •  Common dental diseases
  •  Oral diseases and conditions (such as oral cancer and orthodontic problems)
  •  Promoting oral health at an individual and public health level
  •  Prevention and management for all dental diseases, related conditions and their longer term impacts
  •  Development and testing of new technologies

Studies in oral and dental health cover:

  •  Managing dental caries in younger children
  •  Strategies for managing oral cancers
  •  Developing and evaluating new technologies for the early detection of periodontal disease
  •  Understanding the links between oral and systemic diseases
  •  The health and cost impact of the routine dental treatments and procedures (such as the recall interval and the scale and polish)
  •  Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of mandibular osteoradionecrosis
  •  Reducing the re-occurrence of childhood dental caries
  •  The impact of different ways of working in providing dental care

To find out more about current oral and dental health studies you can  view a list of  studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio Database

The Oral and Dental Specialty Group in the North East and North Cumbria region is led Philip Preshaw, Professor of Periodontology within the School of Dental Sciences of the University of Newcastle.

About the School of Dental Sciences: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/dental/about/

Research relating to the mouth, oral health and dentistry is important to us

Our Specialty aims to support all research relating to the mouth, oral health and dentistry across the full range of research disciplines and settings.  Primary and secondary care are both well represented on our portfolio as are studies relating to public health.  We also jointly support studies with several other groups across the Network.

To find out more about current oral and dental health studies you can  view a list of  studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio Database

Here in the North East and North Cumbria we have a wealth of oral health and dentistry studies that are making a real difference not only to people in our region, but across world! Read more about our amazing studies below or go to our News and Events page to learn more:

Dental Development and Evolution

What our teeth can reveal about our life history.

‘Long in the tooth?’

Feel like you are getting long in the tooth?  Eager to avoid the dentists drill? Research undertaken here at Newcastle Dental School may be able to offer you some hope!

Combating mouth cancer – the dentist’s deadliest enemy

Pioneering screening techniques help combat mouth cancer

New methods for controlling microbial biofilms

Research uncovers a sticky end for dental plaque.

Fluoridated milk for children

For countries and areas unable to adjust the fluoride in their water supplies to the level to improve dental health, school milk fluoridation is an alternative.

Quitting smoking can improve your oral health

Did you know that stopping smoking can improve gum disease (periodontal disease)?

Using science to improve treatment of periodontal disease

Our research shows how a medication called doxycycline can improve gum disease.

Gum disease has a big impact on people’s daily lives

Patients report that periodontitis can have a major impact on their self-confidence, affecting many aspects of their daily living.

Meet the Team

Professor Philip Preshaw

Specialty Clinical Lead

Watch the patient case study

Susan Bisset has been awarded a prestigious grant from the NIHR to develop ways in which to help people with diabetes manage their oral health. Watch her video below to see just how important patients and the public were when Susan was developing the study.

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