School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Paula Waterhouse

Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant



My role encompasses teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and primary care dentists, leading the primary dental care outreach course, research and providing a clinical service alongside my NHS colleagues.
I graduated from Newcastle University with BDS (Hons) in 1990 and worked for a year as a House Officer at Newcastle Dental Hospital. I was appointed a temporary lectureship 1992-1993 and subsequent to this was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Child Dental Health at Newcastle. I was awarded FDS RCS with the Dean's Medal in 1993. Between 1993 and 2000 I undertook NTN and FTTA higher specialist training to consultant level and a part time PhD. I successfully obtained my PhD and intercollegiate Exit Fellowship in 2000.
In June 2007 I was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child Dental Health and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry. I am Deputy Director of Dental Education and Lead for Equality and Fairness within the School.

Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Tutor for BDS

Stage Director for BDS 4

Regional Research Student Advisor (Postgraduate Tutor) for Dental Sciences

Course Leader for Primary Dental Care Outreach 

Course Leader for stage 3 CDH
Clinical teaching of all 3 clinical years
Lecture and small group teaching of all 3 clinical years
Teacher for the Introduction to Dentistry course for Phase 1 students
Member of the BDS Board of Studies

Member the School's teaching committees


BDS (Hons)
FDS RCS (Edinburgh) Deans Medal Awarded for best overall performance
FDS RCS (Paed)
PhD (Ncle)
CCST awarded Oct 1998
Intercollegiate Fellowship awarded October 2000.
PG Cert AP with distinction and FHEA

Previous Positions

Honorary Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry, Newcastle Dental Hospital
Honorary Senior Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry, Newcastle Dental Hospital
Clinical Lecturer in Child Dental Health


I am an active member of the following societies:
British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, for which I have been Council Representative and northern branch Chairman
British Society of Disability and Oral Health
Teachers of Dental Sedation
Teachers in Paediatric Dentistry
British Society for Oral and Dental Research
International Association for Dental Research
International Association of Paediatric Dentistry

Honours and Awards

Shirley Glasstone Hughes Memorial Prize
Deans Medal for best overall performance in FDS RCS (Edinburgh)
European Society of Endodontology Annual Prize

Informal Interests

Being a mother, watching rugby and hen-keeping!


Research Interests

I am a clinical academic in Paediatric Dentistry and my main research interests involve dental erosion in young people and endodontic treatment in children. Dental erosion, a type of tooth wear, is a condition which appears to be increasing in the younger population. I am involved in prevalence studies of erosion, whether fluoridated water impacts upon a populations experience of the condition, and whether the use of an index for measuring erosion can be used to initiate an appropriate care pathway for an individual. I am also interested in laboratory based investigation of erosion looking at the synegistic effects of different types of tooth wear and the effects of erosion upon tooth tissue at the nanoscale.

My PhD thesis investigated pulp therapy in the primary dentition at a time when major changes have occurred within clinical treatment guidelines. I take part in the UK and International debate on changing treatment modalities and have co-authored texts and clincial guidelines concerning this.

Other Expertise

I have clinical expertise in providing dental care for children and I am active in engaging with junior hospital staff via supervision of research projects involving dental trauma,  the medically compromised child and hypodontia. I am a revalidated NHS Clinical Trainer and Educational Supervisor (for higher specialist trainees).

Current Work

My current work centres around my main research theme of dental erosion involving: gathering data on global prevalence rates, the effect of water fluoridation, and nanoscale laboratory studies. I have also studied the development of a partial index for dental erosion to be used by primary care practitioners.

Future Research

Future work may include continuation of the laboratory based studies concentrating particularly upon monitoring techniques which could be used in a clinical environment.
Primary care based studies may be developed to train primary care practitioners in the use of a screening index for tooth wear.

Research Roles

Fellow of the Graduate School, supervising PhD and MPhil projects and previous Regional Research Student Advisor for Dental Sciences.

Postgraduate Supervision

I have previously successfully supervised several Phd, MSc  B Med Sci and MRes students.
I am presently supervising 3 PhDs.

External examiner for higher research degrees.

Esteem Indicators

Keynote presentation in Chicago 2007, for the American Association of Paeditric Dentistry.

Keynote presentation in Hannover 2007, for the German Association of Paediatric Dentistry.

Annual Prize from the European Society of Endodontology.

Winner of the Shirley Glasstone-Hughes Prize.


Undergraduate Teaching

I am a member of ASME and achieved a distinction in the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am involved in teaching all stages of the BDS course - pre-clinical and clinical
I am Teaching Lead for Paediatric Dentistry

Stage Director for Stage 4 and Senior Tutor 

stage 1 Introduction to Dentistry
stage 2 Key Clinical Skills Course
stage 3 Paediatric Dentistry
Stage 4 Paediatric Dentistry
Stage 5 Paediatric Dentistry
Involved in Stage 3, 4 and 5 examinations
Course Leader for BDS PDC Outreach Course, Stage 5 Child Dental Health and Special Care Dentistry

External Examiner experience:

Cardiff University (Final BDS)

Leeds University (years 1, 2 and 3)

Belfast QUB (Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry all years)

Edinburgh Dental Institute (Postgraduate MClinDent and DClinDent degrees) 

Postgraduate Teaching

General professional trainees
MFDS courses
Pre and Post CCST Specialty Registrars
Section 63 courses for GDPs
External Examiner for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
External Examiner for the Membership in Paediatric Dentistry

Revalidated NHS Clinical Trainer and Educational Supervisor