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Drug Abuse and Oral Health

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).


DONNA SHELLEY, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; Director of Interdisciplinary Research and Practice

EXPERTISE:
Smoking cessation; interdisciplinary healthcare practice models.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Principal investigator, Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Program grant funded by the New York State Department of Health.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Tobacco Use Behaviors and Household Smoking Bans Among Chinese Americans.” American Journal of Health Promotion (2008).

“The $5 Man: The Underground Economic Response to a Large Cigarette Tax Increase in New York City.” American Journal of Public Health (2007).

“Physician and Dentist Tobacco Use Counseling and Adolescent Smoking Behavior: Results from the 2000 National Youth Tobacco Survey.” Pediatrics (2005).