Mr Anastasios Plessas

Mr Anastasios Plessas

Honorary University Fellow

Faculty of Health



Honorary University Fellow and General Dental Practitioner 

NIHR Academic & Clinical Fellow in General Dental Practice (2004-2020)


DipDS (2008) - University of Athens, 

DipPCD RCSI (2013) - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

MSc (Dent Sci) (2014)- University of Glasgow

PgCert ClinEd (2015)- University of Plymouth

MFD RCSI (2019)- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

ResM (2019)- University of Plymouth

Professional membership

BDA member, British Dental Association

BSP member, British Society of Periodontology
IADR member, International Association for Dental Research
FGDP member, Faculty of General Dental Practice RCS(Eng)
RCSI member, Faculty of Dentistry RCSI
HEA Fellow, Higher Education Academy
GDC Registered (182999), General Dental Council 



Teaching interests

Evidence Based Dentistry
Critical Appraisal
Simulation Training 
Clinical Supervision



Research interests

I have conducted and been involved in various oral health related research projects. 

My research interests include but are not limited to:

1. Epidemiological Research 
  1.1: Piercing Complications in the Oral Cavity 
  1.2:Link between systemic and oral health
2. Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis
3. Behavioural and Decision Making Research 
  3.1: Impact of stress on dentists' performance (time pressure experimental study)
  3.2: Mental health and wellbeing in dentistry
4. Public Health, Health Services and Oral Health Inequalities Research 
  4.1 Improving oral health and dental access for vulnerable groups (e.g people experiencing homelessness)
  4.2 Exploring the experiences of dentists and dental nurses working at Urgent Dental Care Centres in England during the COVID-19 Pandemic. A qualitative study. Find more here.

Grants & contracts

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Dentistry: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Commissioned by the General Dental Council

Project Lead: Plessas A.

Research Team: Plessas A., Paisi M., Bryce M., Burns L., O'Brien T., Witton R., Hanoch Y. 

Report available here 



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Paisi M, Witton R & Plessas A (2021) 'Is there an association between drug use and oral health conditions?' Evidence-Based Dentistry 22, (1) 46-47 , DOI
Paisi M, Witton R, Radford P & Plessas A (2021) 'What is the global prevalence of dental healthcare needs and unmet dental needs among adolescents?' Evidence-Based Dentistry 22, (1) 8-9 , DOI
Plessas A & Paisi M (2020) 'Is there an association between oral health-related quality of life and Alzheimer's disease?' Evidence-Based Dentistry 21, (4) 124-125 , DOI
Paisi M, Baines R, Burns L, Plessas A, Radford P, Shawe J & Witton R (2020) 'Barriers and facilitators to dental care access among asylum seekers and refugees in highly developed countries: a systematic review' BMC Oral Health 20, (1) , DOI Open access
Paisi M, Witton R, Withers L, Plessas A, Burrows M, Morrison S, McDonald L & Kay E (2020) 'Strategies to improve oral health behaviours and dental access for people experiencing homelessness: a qualitative study' British Dental Journal , DOI Open access
Paisi M, Plessas A, Pampaka D, Burns L & Wilton R (2020) 'Effect of treating carious teeth on children's and adolescents' anthropometric outcomes: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials' COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 37, (1) 32-38 Author Site , DOI Open access
Paisi M, Witton R & Plessas A (2019) 'Is there an association between children's screen use and cariogenic diet?' Evidence-Based Dentistry 20, (4) 115-116 , DOI Open access
Plessas A (2019) 'To what extent do patients' racial characteristics affect our clinical decisions?' Evidence-Based Dentistry 20, (4) 101-102 , DOI
Plessas A & Nasser M (2019) 'Can we deliver effective alcohol-related brief advice in general dental practice?' Evidence-Based Dentistry 20, (3) 77-78 , DOI
Paisi M, Kay E, Burrows M, Withers L, Plessas A, McDonald L & Witton R (2019) ''Teeth Matter': engaging people experiencing homelessness with oral health promotion efforts' British Dental Journal 227, (3) 187-191 , DOI Open access
Paisi M, Witton R, Burrows M, Allen Z, Plessas A, Withers L, McDonald L & Kay E (2019) 'Management of plaque in people experiencing homelessness using 'peer education': a pilot study' British Dental Journal (BDJ) 226, (11) 860-866 , DOI Open access
Plessas A, Nasser M, Hanoch Y, O'Brien T, Bernardes Delgado M & Moles D (2019) 'Impact of Time Pressure on Dentists' Diagnostic Performance' Journal of Dentistry , DOI Open access
Paisi M, Kay E, Plessas A, Burns L, Quinn C, Brennan N & White S (2019) 'Barriers and enablers to accessing dental services for people experiencing homelessness: A systematic review' Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Author Site , DOI Open access
Plessas A, Robertson DP & Hodge PJ (2018) 'Radiographic bone loss in a Scottish non-smoking Type 1 Diabetes mellitus population; a Bitewing Radiographic Study' Journal of Periodontology Author Site , DOI Open access
Plessas A, Delgado MB, Nasser M, Hanoch Y & Moles DR (2018) 'Impact of stress on dentists' clinical performance. A systematic review' COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 35, (1) 9-15 Author Site , DOI Open access
Plessas A & Bernardes Delgado M (2018) 'The role of ergonomic saddle seats and magnification loupes in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. A systematic review' International Journal of Dental Hygiene 16, (4) 430-440 , DOI Open access
Plessas A (2017) 'Computerized Virtual Reality Simulation in Preclinical Dentistry: Can a Computerized Simulator Replace the Conventional Phantom Heads and Human Instruction?' Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare 12, (5) 332-338 , DOI Open access
Plessas A (2014) 'Nonsurgical periodontal treatment: review of the evidence' Oral Health Dent Manag 13, (1) 71-80 Author Site
Plessas A & Pepelassi E (2012) 'Dental and periodontal complications of lip and tongue piercing: prevalence and influencing factors' Australian Dental Journal 57, (1) 71-78 , DOI
Bernardes Delgado M, Plessas A, Burns L, Neilens H, Griffiths S & Latour J 'Oral care experiences of palliative care patients, their relatives/carers and healthcare professionals: a qualitative systematic review' International Journal of Palliative Nursing Open access

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Dentistry: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Commissioned by the General Dental Council

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