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Cavities (Caries) Treatment and Prevention

MARK WOLFF, DDS, PhD
Professor and Chairman of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education

EXPERTISE:
Caries treatment and prevention.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education, NYU College of Dentistry; expertise in a full range of consumer/new technology issues

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Caries Management by Risk Assessment: Implementation Guidelines.”
Journal of the California Dental Association (2007).

“Dental Caries: Old Disease, New Diagnosis, New Treatments.” Presentation to the Ninth District Dental Society of New York (2006).

“Over-the-Counter Products, Devices and Supplements: How Do They Get to the Marketplace?” Presentation to the Greater New York Dental Meeting (2005).


KENNETH ALLEN, DDS, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

EXPERTISE:
Caries (cavity) formation and prevention.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Full-time clinical dental educator and researcher.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Clinical Comparison of a Polymer Instrument for Carious Dentin Removal without Local Anesthesia to a Conventional Technique with Local Anesthesia.” Journal of the American Dental Association (2005).

“Evaluation of CDs and Chewing Gum in Teaching Dental Anatomy.” New York State Dental Journal (2006).

“Peer Teaching: Easing the Faculty Shortage.” Journal of Faculty Development (2007)

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“The Effect of Chewing Gum on Learning as Measured by Test Performance.” Nutrition Bulletin (2008)

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WALTER A. BRETZ, DDS, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

EXPERTISE:
The link between genes and cavities; drug abuse; and oral health.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Authority on the role of genetics in oral disease; former Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Developmental Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; assembled 1,100 pairs of twins—the largest ever for oral health research—to study possible causes of caries (cavities).

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Child Neglect and Oral Health Problems in Offspring of Substance-Abusing Fathers.” American Journal of Addictions (2007)

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“Heritability of Dental Caries and Sucrose Sweetness Preference in Twins.” Archives of Oral Biology (2006).

“On the Acquisition of Periodontopathic Bacteria by Children from Mothers: A Randomized Double-Masked Placebo-Controlled Trial in Bauru, Brazil.” Finnish Dental Journal (2006)

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“Do Genes Cause Cavities?” Global Health Nexus (2006).

“Dental Abnormalities in Children of Fathers with Substance Use Disorders.” Addictive Behavior (2004).


PAGE W. CAUFIELD, DDS, PhD
Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

EXPERTISE:
Evolution of humans and their oral bacteria from a common ancestor; mother-to-child transmission of caries (cavities); severe childhood caries

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Editorial board member, Journal of Dental Research; member, American Dental Association Expert Panel on Dental Sealants; Honorary Professor, West China College of Stomatology; former Clinical Scholar and Fellow, Harvard School of Medicine; former Research Fellow, Forsyth Research Center; former Professor of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Principal investigator on a five-year, $1.83 million grant awarded in 2008 by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for research to help identify those at risk for severe early childhood caries

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Genetic Classification of Severe Early Childhood Caries Using Subtracted DNA Fragments from Streptococcus mutans.” Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2008)

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“The Effect of Dental Sealants on Bacteria Levels in Caries Lesions: A Review of the Evidence.” Journal of the American Dental Association (2008).

“Population Structure of Plasmid-Containing Strains of Streptococcus mutans, a Member of the Human Indigenous Biota.” Journal of Bacteriology (2007)

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“Diversity of Lactobacilli in the Oral Cavities of Young Women with Dental Caries.” Caries Research (2007).

“Ancestral Eve Was Mother of All Tooth Decay.” Global Health Nexus (2007)

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YIHONG LI, DDS, MPH, DrPH
Associate Professor of Basic Sciences and Craniofacial Biology; Director, International Research Collaboration

EXPERTISE:
Mother-to-child transmission of bacteria associated with caries (cavities).

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Residency, Beijing Medical University of Stomatology, Beijing, China; Director, International Research, NYU College of Dentistry.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Genetic Profiling of the Oral Microbiota Associated with Severe Early-Childhood Caries." Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2007)

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"Similarity of Bacterial Populations in Saliva from African-American Mother-Child Dyads.” Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2007).

“Mode of Delivery and Other Maternal Factors Influence the Acquisition of Streptococcus mutants in Infants.” Journal of Dental Research (2005).