What is Dental Public Health?

Dental public health is focused on evaluating oral health and healthcare needs of populations.  It provides leadership and expertise in population-based dentistry, oral health surveillance, policy development, and community-level disease prevention and treatment.

Focus:

The Dental Public Health Research core focuses on oral disease occurrence, risk factors, prevention, and treatment in defined populations. The Marshfield Clinic Health System serves residents of north-central Wisconsin and this is an ideal setting to conduct dental public health research. Both dental and medical care is delivered to a large number of residents, and this captured information can be used to conduct population-based research on the connection between oral health and systemic diseases.

Current Initiatives:

  • Oral health literacy;
  • Examine links between human papillomavirus and oral cancers;
  • Surveillance of periodontitis;
  • Cohort studies on the association between oral hygiene and cardiometabolic risk factors and other projects.

Jeffrey J. VanWormer, Ph.D.
Dental Public Health Core Lead
Phone: (715) 221-6484
Email