Oral Health

The Oral Health Research Exchange Group meets regularly to discuss oral health topics of significance in Newfoundland and Labrador. The primary purpose of the group is to consider existing and potential oral health issues that may benefit from the implementation of applied health research. This group will promote, encourage and facilitate within its means, such research.

Group members include a range of stakeholders, researchers, oral health professionals, policy makers, government decision makers, and people from the broader community who are interested in the role of research in advancing oral health in Newfoundland and Labrador.


October 28 2019 | 12:30pm-2:00pm NST | Dr. Linda Blakey and Ms. Joanne Thompson on a community project to provide oral healthcare at The Gathering Place

November 20, 2018 | Implementing the Frazier Free Water Protocol (FFWP) with Oral Care to Improve Hydration and Quality of Life in Long-Term Care Residents |Two health professionals are embarking on interdisciplinary research to improve the quality of care for long-term care residents. The introductory study involving oral health and dysphagia management may also reduce the number of visits to acute care for respiratory infections. The study designed as a randomized control has been awarded funding by NL Support, received ethics approval, and is ready to engage resident partners and recruitment. As a new initiative, the researchers are also interested in feedback on the study design and methodology from health and wellness researchers in the community. Project team: Dr. Roberta Didonato PhD is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist in Canada and the United States, Adjunct Professor and Research Director Anesthesiology with Memorial University. Cindy Holden has a Master of Public Health degree from Memorial and is a Registered Dental Hygienist with 25 years focused on equitable access and quality care.

March 26, 2018 | Michelle Zwicker: The Children's Dental Health Plan-- A Success Story to Build On | Jill Allison and Katrina Bartellas: Integrating dental services into a primary health care initiative for low-income individuals in St. John’s

November 7, 2017 | 12:30pm NST

Presentation on services for researchers through NL Support by Dr. Eva Vat, Patient Engagement Coordinator for NL-SUPPORT.

NL Support Links for Oral Health Researchers:

Special Event

November 23, 2017 | 7:00pm to 9:00pm NST
Lecture Theatre “B” Health Sciences Centre

Interprofessional Collaboration Using Oral Hygiene
to Limit Aspiration Pneumonia Risk in Long-Term Care
a presentation by Dr. Catriona Steele PhD, S-LP (C)

Oral Health in the Spotlight

The Research Exchange Group on Oral Health is now featured in the "Spotlight" on the website of the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research. Check us out, here

Previous Meetings:

  • April 11, 2017: Discussion about NCOHR projects and next steps for the group
  • February 7, 2017: Dr. Alain, Moreau, Director, Network of Canadian Oral Health Research on NCOHR Mission, Programs, Opportunities LINK TO PRESENTATION

Research Repository:

The group is now planning to develop a research repository of scientific evidence, journal articles, and other relevant research to be housed on this webpage. Please send any oral health research files or hyperlinks by email to rochelle.baker@med.mun.ca.

Resources Related to Oral Health Research

Increasing Capacity for Oral Health: Oral Examinations for Seniors



Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000