Population Oral Health and Periodontics

Research Overview

The Population Oral Health and Periodontics research section conducts a wide range of research in the areas of periodontics, implant dentistry, community oral heath, oral health promotion, and oral health policy.


  • The microbiological pathogenesis of periodontitis
  • Host biomarkers of periodontal disease
  • Clinical outcomes of dental implants
  • The periodontal-systemic relationship

Community Oral Health

  • Clinical trial of sugar-free chewing gum
  • Caries progression
  • Caries prevention in the elderly
  • Oral health of military recruits
  • The role of dental hygienists in the provision of dental services to special needs groups
  • Community perceptions of fluoridation in a rural community

Oral Health Promotion

  • Health promotion in the elderly
  • Oral health behaviours of adolescents with cleft palate
  • Health promotion for rural preschool children
  • Evidence Based oral health promotion reviews

Oral Health Policy

  • Oral health therapy workforce regulations and access to dental services


Areas of teaching responsibility in the Doctor of Dental Surgery include Community Dental Health, Preventive Dentistry, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Behavioural Science, Epidemiology and Public Health, Ethics and Jurisprudence, Practice Management and Periodontics. The Unit has total responsibility for the didactic, preclinical and clinical teaching of dental hygiene and dental therapy students undertaking the Bachelor in Oral Health. Staff also lectures extensively in the Doctor of Dental Surgery over all years of the course as well as providing academic direction for clinical work and placements in both courses.


Prof Mike Morgan, Head of School
A/Prof Rodrigo MariƱo, Senior Lecturer
A/Prof Julie Satur, Senior Lecturer
Dr Denise Bailey, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Luan Ngo, Lecturer
Dr Orit Oettinger-Barak, Senior Lecturer
Dr Margaret Stacey, Senior Lecturer
Mr Geoff Adams, Senior Research Fellow
Ms Julie Owen, Lecturer
Ms Brenda Ryan, Lecturer
Dr Melanie Hayes, Lecturer

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Head of Laboratory Professor Rodrigo Marino

Unit / Centre

Population Oral Health and Periodontics

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