School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Anne Maguire

Clinical Prof of Preventive Dentistry



  • I completed my BDS at the University of Edinburgh before returning to my native north-east to undertake junior hospital and university appointments followed by 3 years as an Associate in general dental practice.
  • Returning to the University at Newcastle as a Clinical Research Associate I completed my PhD in 1992 with a study of the dental effects of the use of sugars-containing medication in chronically sick children.
  • Initially as a Clinical Lecturer then Senior Clinical Lecturer in Child Dental Health and since 2013 as Professor of Preventive Dentistry as well as a Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry, I have an active research interest in the prevention and management of dental caries and the use of fluorides, particularly in relation to fluoride exposure.

Areas of expertise

  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Fluorides


  • BDS (Edin)
  • PhD (Newcastle)
  • FDSRCS(Edin)
  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Newcastle)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Previous Positions

  • Senior Clinical Lecturer in Child Dental Health (Newcastle)
  • Clinical Lecturer in Child Dental Health (Newcastle)
  • Clinical Research Associate (Newcastle)
  • Visiting Dental Practitioner (Newcastle)
  • Associate in General Dental Practice (Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle)


  • International Association for Dental Research
  • European Organisation for Caries Research
  • British Society for Paediatric Dentistry
  • British Society for the Study of Community Dentistry
  • Higher Education Academy

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Research Interests

  • Fluorides and dental fluorosis
  • Preventing and managing dental caries in children

Current Work

Fluoride research:
  • Total fluoride exposure in children and adults,
  • Fluoride intake, excretion and metabolism,
  • Development of standard methods of fluoride analysis of biological and non-biological samples,
  • Development of biomarkers for monitoring fluoride exposure in individuals and communities,
  • Dental fluorosis
Preventing and managing dental caries in children:
  • I am Joint Chief Investigator and local Clinical Lead for FiCTION; an NIHR-HTA funded multi-centre primary dental care based RCT which aims to determine the best way of managing decay in childrens' primary teeth.

Future Research

  • Fluoride biomarkers
  • Dental fluorosis; ultrastructure, clinical assessment and management
  • The genetics of fluoride metabolism

Research Roles

  • Principal Investigator,
  • Post-doctoral Supervisor,
  • PhD Supervisor

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Fluoride research; dental fluorosis- prevalence studies in different populations, fluoride intake and excretion studies in different populations, strategies for prevention.
  • Dental erosion; prevalance studies in different populations, food and drink product modification and assessment.
  • Knowledge Translation in oral health promotion
  • Dental Anxiety and Quality of Life in parents of children with primary tooth decay 
  • Dental trauma; prevalence studies in different populations



  • Department of Health,
  • The Borrow Foundation,
  • BDA/SmithKline Beecham
  • Organix
  • Roquette Freres,
  • Danisco Sweeteners,
  • British Council and FAPESP


Industrial Relevance

  • Alternative sweeteners; product development regarding dental health claims
  • Fluoride analysis of food and drink samples
  • Clinical trials of oral health products  


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Stage 5 BDS - Paediatric Dentistry