Dr Ekta Gupta
PhD, MDPH, BDS
My early career as a dentist in India focussed on the care of people with dental needs in community settings. This interest in population oral health led directly into my Masters and PhD in Dental Public Health. I worked as post-doctoral research associate at University of Sheffield in 2014. Thereafter, I was appointed Lecturer in Dental Public Health at University of Aberdeen in March 2016.
My teaching commitments have involved developing undergraduate DPH programme in Aberdeen Dental School. My current research foucses on understanding the factors which impact oral health in elderly, evidence synthesis and health services research. My previous research has focussed on the effect of the mouth on everyday life and the use of this effect to evaluate oral health care.
- Co-ordinator for undergradute research including vacation scholarships
- Institite of Dentistry, Aberdeen representative at the Scottish Oral Health and Research Colloboration (SOHRC)
- Theme lead for Dental Public Health
My specific research interests include: oral health inequalities, oral health quality of life; health service evaluation; and the psychosocial impact of oral health conditions.
I have previously worked on a research project which aimed to develop a self-help CBT-based resource for young people with dental anxiety, funded by a Research for Patient Benefit (NIHR) grant.
My PhD research identified significant psychosocial variables and pathways predicting oral health quality of life in adults with potential implications for oral health promotion interventions and oral health inequalities.
I am currently working on ODRT funded study "Oral Health Literacy in older adults with Chronic Diseases "
I am involved in NIHR funded dental trials undertaken at the Health Services Research Unit at Aberdeen which focus on implementing high quality research evidence in primary dental care settings.
Funding and Grants
BSODR-ODRT PreViser Award. 2019 'Oral Health Literacy in older adults with Chronic Diseases'.
I am the lead in Dental Public Health at the Aberdeen Dental school. I am responsible for developing and teaching the UG Dental Public Health curriculum.
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Selective Caries Removal in Permanent Teeth (SCRiPT) for the treatment of deep carious lesions: a randomised controlled clinical trial in primary careBMC Oral Health, vol. 21, 336Contributions to Journals: Articles
Diagnostic salivary biomarkers in oral cancer and oral potentially malignant disorders and their relationships to risk factors ?: A systematic reviewExpert Review of Molecular DiagnosticsContributions to Journals: Articles
Smile4life Reflexive Mapping Exercise. Better Health and social care for homeless people (Aberdeen): Reflexive Mapping Exercise of services and organisations to support people experiencing homelessness or at risk to become homeless in AberdeenUniversity of Dundee. 66 pagesBooks and Reports: Other Reports
Pooled versus individual nucleic acid amplification testing for detection of active SARS-CoV-2 infection (Protocol).Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Development and evaluation of the children's experiences of dental anxiety measureInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 140-151Contributions to Journals: Articles
Social media use in dental education: a systematic reviewContributions to Conferences: Other Contributions
A scoping review of the uses of the care index in childrenCommunity Dental Health, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 131-136Contributions to Journals: Articles
Development and Testing of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Resource for Children’s Dental AnxietyJDR Clinical & Translational Research, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 23-37Contributions to Journals: Articles
Protocol for a feasibility study of a self-help cognitive behavioural therapy resource for the reduction of dental anxiety in young peoplePilot & Feasibility Studies, vol. 2, 13Contributions to Journals: Articles
Oral health Inequalities: Relationships between environmental and individual factorsJournal of Dental Research, vol. 94, no. 10, pp. 1362-1368Contributions to Journals: Articles