Oral health and disease

Overview

Increasing evidence of the strong links between oral health and disease and a range of medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, makes understanding the causes of and developing new approaches for the prevention, detection and treatment of oral disease of high importance in clinical medicine and public health as well as in dentistry.

Our oral health and disease research brings together laboratory scientists, health service researchers and practitioners enabled by a strong collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, to drive translational research into:

oral cancer; periodontitis detection and treatment; oral anaesthetics; salivary gland disease; oral tissue engineering; bone replacement; improved delivery of dental health services and; addressing oral health inequality. 

Delivery of our research and work with external partners is facilitated by our:

Our research

Oral health services research (Professor Liz Kay, Professor David Moles, Dr Mona Nasser) – public oral health, clinical practice, dental education and oral health inequality research including systematic reviews, research priority setting methodology, clinical decision making in dental environment and evidence based dentistry.

Oral cancer (Dr Bing Hu) – mechanisms of tumour development, prevention and treatment, stem cells.

Periodontal research (Dr Svetislav Zaric) – microbiology, detection and treatment of periodontitis.

3D tissue engineering and biocompatibility (Dr Vehid Salih) – development of functional replacement tissues and in vitro models for craniofacial tissue disease research, including oral mucosa and oral cancer.

Inflammation and the vasculature in oral disease (Dr Louise Belfield, Dr Zoe Brookes) – biomedical and clinical research into the underlying mechanisms of oral and vascular disease. 

3D printing of dental materials (Jane Collingwood) – development and use of 3D printed dental materials in training and education of dental health professionals.

Dental nanomaterials (Professor Chris Tredwin) – development of novel bone grafting materials, restorative dentistry

Endotoxin and immunity (Professor Simon Jackson) – human health effects of endotoxins and pollutants, inflammatory response to bacterial molecules, and sepsis.

Macrophages (Dr Andrew Foey) – pathogen tolerance, immunity and oral inflammatory disease.

Researchers

British Society for Oral and Dental Research Conference 2017

The British Society for Oral and Dental Research Conference 2017 is being hosted by Plymouth University in the heart of the historic maritime city of Plymouth.

The conference will officially open at 14:00 on Wednesday 6 and close at 14:00 on Friday 8 September 2017.

More than 250 delegates are expected to attend the conference. Delegates will include senior and early career researchers from the dental research community along with research students, keynote speakers and industrial sponsors.

Find out more about the conference and how to register

Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry

Dentistry with Plymouth University offers exceptional clinical learning, strong social engagement and world class research.

Our three core aims: outstanding clinical education; strong social engagement; and world class research feature strongly in your learning experience when you come to study dentistry with us.

Find out more about the school.

Contact us

For more information about our oral health and disease research please contact the research leads indicated for specific areas of interest.

General enquiries: psmdresearch@plymouth.ac.uk

IP, tech transfer and commercial enquiries: Dr Tom Nicholson (Research & Innovation Business Partner) or Dr David Mozley (IP Specialist Adviser)