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Sydney Dental Hospital Research

The Sydney Dental Hospital and Sydney Local Health District Oral Health Service are committed to advancing scientific knowledge and improving the oral health of our patients.

We strongly believe that oral health is an integral aspect of general health. Our focus is to be part of multidisciplinary health research to improve health and well being of our population.

Sydney Local Health District is a partner of the Australian Centre for Integration of Oral Health (ACIOH), Australia's leading national research centre in integrated oral health care and translational research. This research partnership will help improve the delivery of integrated and family centred oral health care to patients accessing healthcare in the District and the delivery of a streamlined and efficient public oral health services.

Our Goals

  • To position Sydney Dental Hospital as a high-quality, multidisciplinary research institute in addition to its community service provider role.
  • To encourage research and promote a culture of evidence based clinical practice within the Oral Health Service.
  • To strengthen and improve the integration of basic, translational, and clinical research.

Our Key Research Themes

Selected Grants

Amount awarded

Grant and project details


Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Ministry of Health, 2021-2022

Developing and evaluating an evidence-based Diabetes oral health (DIOH) training program for Diabetes Educators.

Investigators: George A, Poudel P, Lau P, Calache H, Griffiths R, Wong V, Arora A, Darby I, Martin R, Boyce E


Raine Foundation Healy Research Collaboration Award, 2021-2022

Barriers and incentives to accessing digital oral health resources: Caregivers and health providers’ perspectives.

Investigators: Estai M, Arora A, Micheal S, Silva M, Wallace R, Andrews L, Ohan J


Drug Health Services, South Western Sydney Local Health District, 2021-2022

Addressing Health Literacy issues in Drug Health Services.

Investigator: Arora A


Australian Society of Orthodontist Foundation for Research and Education, 2021

DClinDent Postgraduate Research studies.

Investigator: Darendililer A


SoHS Collaborative Multidisciplinary Group and Partnership Grant (with Colgate Palmolive Pty. Ltd), 2021-2022

Enablers and barriers to accessing and implementing Bright Smiles Bright Futures (BSBF) Program in NSW primary and preschool settings.

Investigators: Arora A, Cartwright S, Sanagavarapu P, White R, Micheal S, Chandio N, Parmar J


ADRF/Straumann Grant, 2021

Development and investigation of a new 3D-printed biofilm chamber to investigate biofilm formation at implants.

Investigators: Luo D, O'Neill O, Spahr A


SoHS Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Grant, Western Sydney University, 2021

Student peer support for improving engagement, retention, and learning outcomes in public health and health sciences education.

Investigators: Arora A, Dune T, Michael S, Alford S, Lim D, Chimoriya R


Research Theme Grant Assistance Scheme 2021, Western Sydney University, 2021

Childhood overweight/obesity prevention and management in dental settings.

Investigators: Arora A, Li L, Chimoriya R

Our Publications


Buckland, C., Hector, D., Kolt, G.S., Thepsourinthone, J., & Arora, A. (2022). Experiences of young Australian mothers with infant feeding. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 22(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-022-04796-8.
Chandio N, John JR, Floyd S, Gibson E, Wong DKY, Levy SM, Heilman JR, Arora A. Fluoride Content of Ready-to-Eat Infant Foods and Drinks in Australia. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Oct 28;19(21):14087. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192114087. PMID: 36360963; PMCID: PMC9655222.
Chandio N, Micheal S, Tadakmadla SK, Sohn W, Cartwright S, White R, Sanagavarapu P, Parmar JS, Arora A. Barriers and enablers in the implementation and sustainability of toothbrushing programs in early childhood settings and primary schools: a systematic review. BMC Oral Health. 2022 Dec;22(1):1-9.
Doan J. Fact or Fallacy 2. Brighter Futures Articles published in ADA, 2022.
Ethell D. Oral Habits. Brighter Futures Articles published in ADA, 2022.
Finlay N. Fact or Fallacy 1. Brighter Futures Articles published in ADA, 2022.
Gandedkar NH. Introduction to the issue on surgery First-Evolution and contemporary concepts Seminars in Orthodontics: Elsevier; 2022.
Gandedkar, N., Vaid NR. Transient anchorage devices (Part 2 ): Evolution and overview of the applications of TADs in Orthodontics. MARPE - expanding the limits of orthodontics (2nd edition) Dental Press Publisher, 2022.
George, A., Kong, A., Sousa., M., Villarosa, A., Ajwani., S., Dahlen., H., Bhole, S., Yaacoub, Y, Srinivas, R., Johnson, M. (2022) Long-term effectiveness of the Midwifery Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service Program on maternal oral health knowledge, preventative dental behaviours and the oral health status of children in Australia. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica.  doi: 10.1080/00016357.2022.2108896.
Lee A. After Active Orthodontic Treatment: Brighter Futures Articles published in ADA, 2022.
Li J, Papadopoulou AK, Gandedkar N, Dalci K, Darendeliler MA, Dalci O. The effect of micro-osteoperforations on orthodontic space closure investigated over 12 weeks: a split-mouth, randomized controlled clinical trial. Eur J Orthod. 2022 Feb 3:cjab079.
Mann C, Cheng LL, Ranjitkar S, Türk T, Elekdag-Türk S, Darendeliler MA. Comparison of surface roughness of root cementum and orthodontically induced root resorption craters from high- and low- fluoridation areas: a 3D confocal microscopy study.  Prog Orthod. 2022 Jun 27;23(1):20.
Mann C, Cheng LL, Ranjitkar S, Türk T, Elekdag-Türk S, Darendeliler MA. Physical properties of root cementum: Part 28. Effects of high and low water fluoridation on orthodontic root resorption: A microcomputed tomography study.  Am J Orthod Dentofacioal Orthop. 2022 Aug;162(2) 238-246.
Milosevic M, Kishore Biswas R, Innes L, Ng M, Mehmet Darendeliler A, Wong A, Denney-Wilson E. P2/N95 filtering facepiece respirators: Results of a large-scale quantitative mask fit testing program in Australian health care workers. Am J Infect Control. 2022 May;50(5):509-515. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2021.12.016. Epub 2021 Dec 29. PMID: 34971710; PMCID: PMC8767955.
Nguyen S, Ahmed L, Villarosa A, George A, Yaacoub A. The use of antibiotics in acute oral health patients presenting at public dental clinics in the Western Sydney region. Fam Pract. 2022 Jun 15:cmac057. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmac057. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35703923.
Papadopoulou, A. K., Koletsi, D., Masucci, C., Giuntini, V., Franchi, L., & Darendeliler, M. A. (2022). A retrospective long-term comparison of early RME-facemask versus late Hybrid-Hyrax, alt-RAMEC and miniscrew-supported intraoral elastics in growing Class III patients. International Orthodontics, 20(1), 100603.
Prasad J, Mallikarjunaiah DR, Shetty A, Gandedkar N, Chikkamuniswamy AB, Shivashankar PC. Machine Learning Predictive Model as Clinical Decision Support System in Orthodontic Treatment Planning. Dentistry Journal 2022;11:1.
Rana K, Chimoriya R, Haque NB, Piya MK, Chimoriya R, Ekholuenetale M, Arora A. Prevalence and Correlates of Underweight among Women of Reproductive Age in Nepal: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(18):11737. doi:10.3390/ijerph191811737.
Rana K, Ekanayake K, Chimoriya R, Palu E, Do L, Silva M, Tadakamadla S, Bhole S, Leshargie CT, Wen LM, Ha D, Arora A. Effectiveness of oral health promotion interventions: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute and commissioned by Dental Health Services Victoria for the Victorian Department of Health, September 2022.
Rana K, Page A, Kent JL, Arora A. Pathways Linking Housing Inequalities and Health Outcomes among Migrant and Refugee Populations in High-Income Countries: A Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(24):16627. doi:10.3390/ijerph192416627.
Reynolds K, Chandio N, Chimoriya R, Arora A. The Effectiveness of Sensory Adaptive Dental Environments to Reduce Corresponding Negative Behaviours and Psychophysiology Responses in Children and Young People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Protocol of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(21):13758. doi:10.3390/ijerph192113758.
Sabouni W, Gandedkar NH, Vaid NR. Clinical Application of Clear Aligner Treatment (CAT) in the Surgery-First Orthognathic approach (SFOA) Seminars in Orthodontics: Elsevier; 2022.
Sambevski J, Papadopoulou AK, Foley M, Dalci K, Petocz P, Ali Darendeliler M, Dalci O. Physical properties of root cementum: Part 29. The effects of LED-mediated photobiomodulation on orthodontically induced root resorption and pain: a pilot split-mouth randomized controlled trial. Eur J Orthod. 2022 May 11:cjac022.
Srirengalakshmi M, Gandedkar NH, Kim Y-J, Adel SM. An integrated 3d-driven protocol for surgery first orthognathic approach (SFOA) using virtual surgical planning (vsp) Seminars in Orthodontics: Elsevier; 2022.
Steele, B. P., Pandis, N., Darendeliler, M. A., & Papadopoulou, A. K. A comparative assessment of the dentoskeletal effects of clear aligners vs miniplate-supported posterior intrusion with fixed appliances in adult patients with anterior open bite. A multicenter, retrospective cohort study. American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, 162(2), 214-228.Gandedkar NH, Liou EJW. Complex case treatment: Is there a limit for Surgery-first approach? Seminars in Orthodontics: Elsevier; 2022.
Tsai C, Li A, Brown S, Deveridge C, El Gana R, Kucera A, Irving M, Kumar H. Early childhood caries sequelae and relapse rates in an Australian public dental hospital. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2022 Apr 28. doi: 10.1111/ipd.12969. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35484872.
Wishney, M., Mahadevan, S., Cornwell, J. A., Savage, T., Proschogo, N., Darendeliler, M. A., & Zoellner, H. (2022). Toxicity of Orthodontic Brackets Examined by Single Cell Tracking. Toxics, 10(8), 460.

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