We are currently researching into

Oral Health

Dental decay is the most chronic childhood disease, with more than 50 per cent of under-fives having decay which have numerous adverse effects on their short and long-term health.

Funding Amount:

$125,310.00

In Progress Research

Novel peptidomimetics against paediatric dental decay

Dame Margaret Brimble, Distinguished Professor, University of Auckland Poor oral health is recognised as one of the most common chronic health problems in New Zealand. It affects nearly 40% of pre-school children, particularly children of Māori and Pacific descent. Left untreated, dental decay can affect a child’s basic skills, including their ability to confidently speak, eat and socialise. This leads…

Development of novel tooth-coloured shell crowns to treat dental caries in children

Dr Joanne Choi University of Otago What is the problem and who does it affect? Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in New Zealand. Treatment is often delayed, for many reasons – including fear and cost – which only serves to exacerbate the severity of the problem; consequently, increasing the cost and fear associated. Decay also has…



Recently Completed Research

The effects of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and infancy on dental health in early childhood

Associate Professor Cameron Grant University of Auckland What is the problem and who does it affect? Oral disease is one of New Zealand’s most prevalent chronic diseases. Maori, Pacific and socioeconomically deprived children have disproportionately high levels of tooth decay. Tooth development begins in the womb and children are at risk of cavities from infancy. Primary prevention that begins during…

Transform a tooth with a transformer tooth: a novel approach for child oral health

Dr Lyndie Foster Page University of Otago, Dunedin What is the problem and who does it affect? Dental decay (caries) is the most common chronic childhood disease and over 50% of New Zealand five year olds have dental caries. This affects children’s eating, sleeping, school performance and behaviour, as well as impacting on general health. Conventional dental treatment with drilling…