School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Adetunji Otemade



A dental therapist with interdisciplinary competencies in public health, dental research, and health promotion. Shortly after completing my MSc degree, I worked as an outreach dental therapist across the Borough of Hackney and Tower Hamlets in North East London, where I was involved in dental outreach activities such as fluoride varnish application in primary schools, and oral health promotion activities among vulnerable groups. I began my current role as a Lecturer/ Hon. Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry in May 2019.


MSc Public Health

BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

Current Roles and Responsibilities

Stage 3 Director ODHS programme

Stage 3 ODHS  Programme Examination Board Chair

Teaching ODHS and BDS degree programme

ODHS BSc examiner


British Association of Dental Therapist

British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health

New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapist Association


Undergraduate Teaching

I am involved with academic teaching, assessment and examination in the following areas:

•Stage 3 ODHS: Professionalism (Preparation for Practice)

•Stag 2 ODHS: Oral Disease Prevention

•Stage 3 BDS and Stage 2 ODHS: Periodontics

•Stage 2 BDS: Craniofacial and Tooth Biology

•Stage 1 ODHS: Dental Anatomy

•Stages 2 and 3 ODHS; Stages 3 and 4, IPC/Perio Clinic

Course lead for the following courses

•Stage 2 ODHS: Oral Disease Prevention

Stage 3 ODHS: Professionalism (Preparation for Practice)

Personal tutor to ODHS students


Over the years, I have developed a keen interest in population oral health, especially among vulnerable groups. My BSc (Hons) dissertation was a systematic review on non-pharmacological management of dental anxiety among paediatric dental patients. Similarly, for my MSc dissertation, I carried out a systematic review to understand and quantify the burden of dental caries and periodontal disease among refugees globally.

Current research interest remains in population oral health, especially among vulnerable groups such as the elderly, refugees, and the homeless. Future research interest will be in the area of non-pharmacological management of dental anxiety with a specific focus on the usage of music and artificial intelligence (AI).