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Faculty Information

Walter Bretz, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor
Cariology and Comprehensive Care
Floor 10 Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
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Education:

1982, DDS, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

1990, PhD, University of Michigan

 

Research Interests / Professional Overview:

cariology, natural compounds, genetics of oral diseases, twin studies, oral-systemic connections

 

Current Funding:

NIH/NIDCR Metagenomics of the Oral Microbiome

 

Pub Med Articles:

83

 

Representative Publications:

Corby MA, Biesbrock A, Bartizek R, Corby AL, Monteverde R, Ceschin R, Bretz WA. Treatment outcomes to dental flossing in twins. Molecular analysis of the interproximal flora. J Periodontol 2008 Aug;79(8):1426-33.

Garcia MB, Carrilho MR, Nör JE, Anauate-Netto C, Anido-Anido A, Amore R, Tjäderhane L, Bretz WA.  Chlorhexidine inhibits the proteolytic activity of root and coronal carious dentin in vitro. Caries Res. 2009;43(2):92-6.

 Bretz WA, Rosa OPS, Silva SMB, Corby P, Weissfeld L, Loesche WJ. Issues of recruitment and rationale for conducting clinical trials on mutans streptococci suppression in mothers. Int J Dent. 2010; pii: 107147. Epub 2010 Aug 10.

Spielman AI,  Brand JG, Buischi Y, Bretz WA. Resemblance of tongue anatomy in twins. Twin Res Hum Genet 2011;14(3):277-82.

 Hart TC, Corby PM, Hauskrecht M, Ryu OH, Pelikan R, Valko M, Oliveira MB , Hoehn GT, Bretz WA. Identification of microbial and proteomic biomarkers in early childhood caries. Int J Dent 2011:196721. Epub 2011 Oct 16.

 Peterson SN, Snesrud E, Schork NJ, Bretz WA. Dental caries pathogenicity: a genomic and metagenomic perspective.  Int Dent J 2011; 61 (Suppl. 1):11-22.

 Bretz WA, Rosa OPS. Emerging technologies for the prevention of dental caries. Are current methods of prevention sufficient for the high-risk patient? Int Dent J 2011; 61 (Suppl. 1):29-33.

Bretz WA. Science and Technology. The Practicing Dentist of the Future (Guest Editor). Int Dent J, Vol 61:Suppl. 1, pp 1-29, August 2011.

Bretz WA, Biesbrock A, Corby PMA, Corby AL, Bretz WG, Wessel J, Schork N. Environmental and genetic contributions to indicators of oral malodor in twins. Twin Res Human Genet 2011;4:568-72.

Scher JU, Ubeda C, Equinda M, Khanin R, Buischi Y, Viale A, Lipuma L, Mukundan Attur M, Pillinger M, Weissmann G, Littman DR, Pamer EG, Bretz WA, Abramson SB. Periodontal disease and the oral microbiota in new-onset rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2012;64:3083-94.

Moncla BJ, Guevara PW, Wallace JA, Marcucci MC, Nor JE, Bretz WA. The inhibitory activity of typified propolis against Enterococcus species. Z Naturforsch 2012;67:249-56.

Bretz WA. Low-dose doxycycline plus additional therapies may lower systemic inflammation in postmenopausal women with periodontitis. J Evid Based Dent Pract 2012;12(3 Suppl):67-8.

Peterson SN, Snesrud E, Liu J, Killian M, Schork NJ, Bretz WA. The dental plaque microbiome in health and disease. PLoS ONE 2013 (In Press).