Oral Health

Program Director


Prof Anthony Blinkhorn

Sydney Researchers


Dr Stacy Carter
Prof Ali Darendelier
Mr George Johnson
Dr David Walker

Research Collaborators

Collaborators Institutional Affiliation
Prof Clive Wright, Dr Aaron Cashmore,  Marie Wilson Centre for Oral Health Strategy (NSW Health)
A/Prof Sameer Bhole, Dr Shilpi Ajwani, Dr John Eastwood South Western Sydney Local Health Network
Meredith Kay, Cathy Davidson Northern Sydney Local Health Network
Dr Greg Davies, Cathy Osborne, Helen Lee North Coast Local Health Network
Dr Ajesh George, Prof Maree Johnson University of Western Sydney
A/Prof Fiona Blinkhorn, Janet Wallace University of Newcastle
A/Prof Jane Scott Flinders University
Dr Loc Do University of Adelaide
Prof Ruth Freeman University of Dundee ( UK )
Prof Martin Tickle,  Prof Helen Worthington,  Prof Keith Milsom University of Manchester ( UK)
Prof Gerry Humphries University of St Andrews ( UK )
Prof Eli Schwarz Oregon Health and Science University (USA)

Research Students


Dr Stephen Harlamb
Zahra Karami
Clare Mcnally
Dr Pathik Mehta,
Alex Sbaraini
John Skinner

Current Projects


Law and Dentistry. Cameron Stewart and Stephen Harlamb: an examination of the regulatory frameworks surrounding oral health care.


Publications

Journal Articles 2010-2011


Arora A, Scott JA, Bhole, S, Do L, Schwarz E, Blinkhorn AS. Early Childhood feeding practices and dental caries in preschool children: a multi-centre birth cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2011, 11:28 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-28.

Dashash M, Bazrafshani MR, Poulton K, Jaber S and Naeem E and Blinkhorn AS. Enamelin/ameloblastin gene polymorphisms in autosomal amelogenesis imperfecta among Syrian families. Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry. 2011; 2(1): 16-22.

George, A, Shamin, S, Johnson, M, Ajwani, S, Bhole, S, Ellis S. & Andrews, K). Periodontal treatment during pregnancy and birth outcomes: A meta-analysis of randomised trials. International Journal of Evidence Based Health Care. 2011; 9(2): 122-47.

Arora A, Evans RW, Sivaneswaran S, Sujeer AN, Blinkhorn AS. Parental support for fluoridation in Lithgow, New South Wales. Australian Dental Journal. 2010; 55(4): 417-22.

Blinkhorn AS. Commentary - Influencing patients’ oral hygiene behaviour. Evidence Based Dentistry. 2010; 11: 41.

Cashmore A, Phelan C and Blinkhorn AS. Dental caries in children. NSW Public Health Bulletin. 2010; 2(7-8): 184-85.

Doherty MAH, Blinkhorn AS and Vane ES. Oral health in the Pacific Islands. International Dental Journal. 2010; 60: 122-28.

George A, Johnson M, Blinkhorn AS, Ellis S, Bhole S and Ajwani S. Promoting oral health during pregnancy: current evidence and implications for Australian midwives. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2010; 19: 3324-33.

George A, Johnson M, Ellis S, Dahlen H, Blinkhorn AS, Bhole S and Ajwani S. New role for midwives promoting dental health. Australian Nursing Journal. 2010; 18(1): 37.

Green J and Blinkhorn AS. How can inequalities in the Oral Health of Australian Aboriginal people be addressed? International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. 2010; 48(4): 107-10.

Lalloo R, Johnson NW, Blinkhorn AS and Ichim P. Australian dental students views on a compulsory internship scheme. Health Education Journal. 2010; DOI: 10.1177/0017896910385756

Macfarlane TV, Blinkhorn AS, Stevenson LJ and Coulthard P. Third Molar Removal and Orofacial Pain: a Population-Based Survey. Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Research. 2010; 1(3):e4

Morgan M, Blinkhorn AS and Lalloo R. Dental health must be included in health care reforms. Health Issues. 2010; 103: 9-10.

Sivaneswaran S, Chong GTF and Blinkhorn AS. Successful fluoride plebiscite in the township of Deniliquin New South Wales, Australia. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2010; 70: 163-66.


Journal Articles 2008-2009


Blinkhorn AS, Gittani J. A qualitative evaluation of the views of community workers on the dental health education material available in New South Wales for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Health Education Journal. 2009; 68: 314-9.

Blinkhorn AS. Comparison of the dental health of adults and children living in NSW with their counterparts in the US and UK. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin. 2009; 20: 52-5.

Blinkhorn AS, Bartold PM, Cullinan MP et al. Is there a role for triclosan/copolymer toothpaste in the management of periodontal disease? British Dental Journal. 2009; 207: 117-25.

Dashash M, Blinkhorn F and Blinkhorn AS. IL-10 Gene Ploymorphisms, Periodontal Disease and Intrauterine Growth Restriction: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. 2009; 47(3): 79-87.

Phelan C, Byun R, Skinner JC, Blinkhorn AS. Child Dental Health Survey 2007: a snapshot of the oral health status of primary school-aged children in NSW. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin. 2009; 20: 40-5.

Wright FAC, Blinkhorn AS, Saberi V. Improved oral health information for NSW. NSW Public Health Bulletin. 2009; 20: 37-9.

Tickle M, Jones C, Buchannan K, Milsom KM, Blinkhorn AS, Humphris GM. A prospective study of dental anxiety in a cohort of children followed from 5 to 9 years of age. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. 2009; 19: 225-32.

Blinkhorn AS, Tickle M, Kearney-Mitchell P, Lucarotti S, Milsom K. English general dental practioners' views on the new contract: The problems of collecting information in a time of change. Health Education Journal. 2008; 67: 231-39.

Davies GM, Boothman NJ, Duxbury JT, Davies RM, Blinkhorn AS. An investigation of non-participation in health promotion interventions and its impact on population level outcome. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. 2008; 46: 107-12.

Downer MC, Drugan CS, Blinkhorn AS. Correlates of dental caries in 12-year-old children in Europe: a cross-sectional analysis. Community Dental Health. 2008; 25: 70-78.

Gorter R, Freeman R, Hammen S, Murtomaa H, Blinkhorn AS, Humphris G. Psychological stress and health in undergraduate dental students: fifth year outcomes compared with first year baseline results from five European dental schools. European Journal of Dental Education. 2008; 12: 61-68.

Milsom KM, Blinkhorn AS, Tickle M. The incidence of dental caries in the primary molar teeth of young children receiving National Health Service funded dental care in practices in the North West of England. British Dental Journal. 2008; 205: E14; discussion 384-85.

Milsom KM, Threlfall A, Pine K,Tickle M, Blinkhorn AS, Kearney-Mitchell P. The introduction of the new dental contract in England - a baseline qualitative assessment. British Dental Journal. 2008; 204: 59-62.

Milsom KM, Tickle M, Blinkhorn AS. Is school dental screening a political or a scientific intervention? Journal of Dental Research. 2008; 87: 896-99.

Nwachukwu AE, Egenege JA, Nwachukwu PO, Blinkhorn AS. A progress report on a community based HIV/AIDS health education programme in rural Nigeria. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. 2008; 46: 128-32.

Onohwosafe PS, Egenege JA, Blinkhorn AS. Drug use among secondary school children in Central Delta state, Nigeria. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. 2008; 46: 33-34.

Tickle M, Blinkhorn AS, Milsom KM. The occurrence of dental pain and extractions over a 3-year period in a cohort of children aged 3-6 years. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2008; 68: 63-69.



Journal Articles 2005-2007


Baŕic L, Blinkhorn AS. Consumer-driven embedded health promotion and health education. International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. 2007; 45: 87-92.

Dailey YM, Milsom KM, Pilkington L, Blinkhorn AS et al. A qualitative investigation of the influence of time since graduation on English dentists' approach to the care of young children. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. 2007; 17: 336-44.

Dashash M, Drucker DB, Hutchinson IV, Bazrafshani MR, Blinkhorn AS. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist gene polymorphism and gingivitis in children. Oral Diseases. 2007; 13: 308-13.

Downer MC, Blinkhorn AS. The next stages of in researching water fluoridation: evaluation and surveillance. Health Education Journal. 2007; 66: 211-20.

Elkind A, Watts C, Qualtrough A, Blinkhorn AS et al. The use of outreach clinics for teaching undergraduate restorative dentistry. British Dental Journal. 2007; 203: 127-32.

Lowe C, Blinkhorn AS, Worthington HV, Craven R. Testing the effect of including oral health in general health checks for elderly patients in medical practice–a randomized controlled trial. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology. 2007; 35: 12-17.

North S, Davidson LE, Blinkhorn AS et al. The effects of a long wait for children's dental general anaesthesia. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. 2007; 17: 105-09.

Threlfall AG, Hunt CM, Milsom KM, Tickle M, Blinkhorn AS. Exploring factors that influence general dental practitioners when providing advice to help prevent caries in children. British Dental Journal. 2007; 202: E10; discussion 216-17.

Threlfall A, King D, Milsom K, Blinkhorn AS, Tickle M. General dental practioners's views on dental general anaesthetic services. Community Dental Health. 2007; 24: 93-96.

Threlfall AG, Milsom KM, Hunt CM, Tickle M, Blinkhorn AS. Exploring the content of the advice provided by general dental practitioners to help prevent caries in young children. British Dental Journal. 2007; 202: E9; discussion 148-49.

Tickle M, Threlfall AG, Pilkington L, Milsom KM, Duggal MS, Blinkhorn AS. Approaches taken to the treatment of young children with carious primary teeth: a national cross-sectional survey of general dental practitioners and paediatric specialists in England. British Dental Journal. 2007; 203: E4; discussion 102-03.

Tickle M, Yeung CA, Milsom KM, Blinkhorn AS. The prescription and outcomes of fissure sealants applied to a group of high caries risk children by general dental practitioners working in the North West of England. Community Dental Health. 2007; 24: 135-39.

Albadri SS, Lee S, Lee GT, Llewelyn R, Blinkhorn AS, Mackie IC. The use of general anaesthesia for the extraction of children's teeth. Results from two UK dental hospitals. European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. 2006; 7: 110-15.

Dashash M, Drucker DB, Blinkhorn AS et al. Interleukin-10 haplotype frequencies in children with gingivitis. Journal of Periodontology. 2006; 77: 1503-09.

Downer MC, Drugan CS, Blinkhorn AS. A critique of the Brushing for Life programme. Health Education Journal. 2006; 1: 84-92.

Downer MC, Drugan CS, Blinkhorn AS. Salaried services in the delivery of dental care in Western industrialised countries: implications for the National Health Service in England. International Dental Journal. 2006; 56: 7-16.

Elkind A, Blinkhorn FA, Mackie IC, Tickle M, Duxbury JT, Blinkhorn AS. The service quality implications of dental undergraduate outreach teaching for Primary Care Trusts in England, UK. Community Dental Health. 2006; 23: 75-79.

Kearney-Mitchell PI, Milsom KM, Blinkhorn AS, Tickle M. The development of a consensus among primary care dentists of referral criteria for school dental screening. British Dental Journal. 2006; 200: 509-12; discussion 1.

Milsom K, Blinkhorn AS, Worthington H et al. The effectiveness of school dental screening: a cluster-randomized control trial. Journal of Dental Research. 2006; 85: 924-28.

Milsom KM, Kearney-Mitchell PI, Shahid S, Threlfall A, Blinkhorn AS, Tickle, M. The treatment of primary molar teeth presenting with two surface caries - A review of care delivered by the Personal Dental Services in Bradford. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. 2006; 44: 141-44.

Milsom KM, Threlfall AG, Blinkhorn AS et al. The effectiveness of school dental screening: dental attendance and treatment of those screened positive. British Dental Journal. 2006; 200: 687-90; discussion 73.

Smith M, Lennon MA, Brook AH, Blinkhorn FA, Blinkhorn AS, Robinson PG. A randomised controlled trial of the effect of outreach placement on treatment planning by dental students. British Dental Journal. 2006 ;Suppl: 27-31.

Threlfall AG, Milsom K, Catleugh M, Kearney-Mitchell P, Blinkhorn AS, Tickle, M. A survey of school dental screening practise in community dental services of England and Wales in 2003. Community Dental Health. 2006; 23: 236-38.

Tickle M, Milsom KM, Buchanan K, Blinkhorn AS. Dental screening in schools: the views of parents, teachers and school nurses. British Dental Journal. 2006; 201: 769-73; discussion 7.

Blinkhorn AS, Downer MC, Drugan CS. Policies for improving oral health in Europe. Health Education Journal. 2005; 64: 197-217.

Dashash M, Blinkhorn AS, Hutchinson IV, Pravica V, Drucker DB. The relationship between interleukin-10 gene polymorphism at position -1082 and susceptibility to gingivitis in children. Journal of Periodontology. 2005; 76: 1455-62.

Davies GM, Duxbury JT, Boothman NJ, Davies RM, Blinkhorn AS. A staged intervention dental health promotion programme to reduce early childhood caries. Community Dental Health. 2005; 22: 118-22.

Downer MC, Drugan CS, Blinkhorn AS. Dental caries experience of British children in an international context. Community Dental Health. 2005; 22: 86-93.

Elkind A, Blinkhorn AS. Report on a scoping exercise to assess support for locally based dental therapist training in the North West of England. Dental Health. 2005; 44: 3-7.

Elkind A, Blinkhorn AS, Blinkhorn FA et al. Developing dental education in primary care: the student perspective. British Dental Journal. 2005; 198: 233-37.

Elkind A, Potter C, Watts C, Blinkhorn F, Duxbury J, Hull P, Blinkhorn AS. Patients treated by dental students in outreach: the first year of a pilot project. European Journal of Dental Education. 2005; 9: 49-52.

Shields J, Jones E, Blinkhorn AS. A study to assess the employment prospects for newly qualified PCDin the North West of England. Dental Health. 2005; 44: 3-6.

Threlfall AG, Pilkington L, Milsom KM, Blinkhorn AS, Tickle M. General dental practitioners' views on the use of stainless steel crowns to restore primary molars. British Dental Journal. 2005; 199: 453-5; discussion 41.