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Dr David Gillam, BA, BDS, MSc, DDS, FRSPH, FHEA


Clinical Senior Lecturer in Periodontology (Specialist in Periodontology)

Telephone: +44 20 7882 8665
Room Number: Institute of Dentistry


I graduated from Edinburgh Dental School in 1977 and subsequently gained experience as a Dentist both in general practice, the Armed Forces and Community Dental Services before undertaking an MSc in Periodontology in 1986-1988 at Guy's Dental School London. I subsequently worked at the Eastman Dental Institute for Oral HealthCare Sciences in London (1989-1998) where I was involved in laboratory and clinical research, as well as teaching postgraduate students in Periodontology. On leaving the University environment in 1998 I worked in Industry for several years (1998-2001) initially with SmithKline Beecham (Assistant Director in Oral care), and subsequently with Block Drug Company, Incorporated, USA (Assistant Director in Oral Care). From 2003 to 2008 I worked with a Clinical Research Organisation as a Senior Clinician conducting clinical studies on oral care products. I am currently employed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Periodontology at the Bart's and the London Medical and Dental School QMUL in London (2009-). My main interests are in the area of the Management of Dentine Hypersensitivity and I collaborate with Professor Robert Hill in the development of innovative oral care products, for example, novel bioactive glasses, hydroxyapatite toothpastes and mouthwashes for the treatment of various dental conditions. To date I have published over 60 papers on a number of dental topics.


Research Interests:

My main interests are in the area of the Management of Dentine Hypersensitivity although I have experience in managing a number of laboratory and clinical studies which were designed to assess the efficacy of a number of oral care products. Currently I am working with Professor Robert Hill in the development of bioactive glasses for the treatment of dental conditions in particular dentine hypersensitivity. To date I have published over 50 papers on various dental topics.


Key Publications

GILLAM, D.G. & NEWMAN, H.N. (1993) Assessment of pain in cervical dentinal sensitivity studies - A review. Journal of Clinical Periodontology 20, 383-394.

GILLAM, D.G. (1995) Mechanisms of stimulus transmission across dentin - A Review. Periodontal Abstracts 43, 53-65.

GILLAM, D.G., MORDAN, N.J. & NEWMAN, H.N. (1997) The Dentin Disc Surface: A Plausible Model for Dentin Physiology and Dentin Sensitivity Evaluation. Advances in Dental Research  (4) 487-501.

ORCHARDSON, R & GILLAM, D.G. (2000) The efficacy of potassium salts as agents for treating dentine hypersensitivity. Journal of Orofacial Pain 14: 9-19.

CHOUDHURY, M., NEEDLEMAN, I., GILLAM, D. & MOLES, D.R. (2001) Systemic and local antimicrobial use in periodontal therapy in England and Wales. Journal of Clinical Periodontology 28:833-839.

WENNSTROM, J.L., NEWMAN, H.N., MACNEILL, S.R., KILLOY, W.J., GRIFFITHS, G.S., GILLAM, D.G., KROK, L., NEEDLEMAN, I.G., WEISS, G. & GARRETT, S. (2001) Utilisation of locally delivered doxycycline in non-surgical treatment of chronic periodontitis. A comparative multi-centred trial of two treatment approaches. Journal of Clinical Periodontology 28: 753-761.

SCHAFER, F., NICHOLSON, J.A., GERRITSEN, N., WRIGHT, R.L., GILLAM, D.G. & HALL, C. (2003) The effect of oral care feed-back devices on plaque removal and attitudes towards oral care. International Dental Journal (Supplement 1) 53: 404-408.

GILLAM, D.G., TANG, J., MORDAN, N.J. & NEWMAN, H.N. (2002) The Effects of a Novel Bioglassâ Dentifrice on the exposed dentine surface. A Scanning Electron Microscopy Investigation Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 29:305-313.

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