Joana Cunha-Cruz , DDS, MPH, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Oral Health Sciences




Dental degree from the State University of Pernambuco, Brazil and MPH and PHD in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 Research interests

  • Oral health epidemiology, including the epidemiology of dental caries, head and neck cancer, dentin hypersensitivity and third molar management.
  • Social epidemiology, including disparities in oral health and multilevel determinants of oral health.
  • Evidence-based dental practice, including critical appraisal of the literature, epidemiological methods, and systematic reviews


  1. Cunha-Cruz, J., Scott, J., Rothen, M., Mancl, L., Lawhorn, T., Brossel, K., Berg, J., and N. PRECEDENT. Salivary Characteristics and Dental Caries: Evidence from general practices. . J Am Dent Assoc., 2013; 144(5): e31-e39.
  2. Cunha-Cruz J, Wataha JC, Heaton LJ, Rothen M, Sobieraj M, Scott J, Berg J. The prevalence of dentin hypersensitivity in general dental practices in the northwest United States. J Am Dent Assoc. 2013;144(3):288-96.
  3. Cunha-Cruz J, Scott J, Rothen M, Mancl L, Lawhorn T, Brossel K, Berg J, N. PRECEDENT. Salivary characteristics and dental caries: Evidence from general dental practices. J Am Dent Assoc. 2013;144(5):e31-40. PMID: 23449905.
  4. Cunha-Cruz J, Stout JR, Heaton LJ, Wataha JC. Dentin hypersensitivity and oxalates: a systematic review. J Dent Res. 2011;90(3):304-10. PMID: 21191127; PMCID: PMC3144108.
  5. Cunha-Cruz J, Pashova H, Packard JD, Zhou L, Hilton TJ. Tooth wear: prevalence and associated factors in general practice patients. Comm Oral and Dent Epidemiol. 2010. PMID: 20370807.
  6. Hujoel PP, Zina LG, Moimaz SA, Cunha-Cruz J. Infant formula and enamel fluorosis: a systematic review. J Am Dent Assoc. 2009;140(7):841-54.
  7. Cunha-Cruz J, Hujoel PP, Maupome G, Saver B. Systemic antibiotics and tooth loss in periodontal disease. J Dent Res. 2008;87(9):871-6. PMCID: 2577017.
  8. Cunha-Cruz J, Hujoel PP, Nadanovsky P. Secular trends in socio-economic disparities in edentulism: USA, 1972-2001. J Dent Res. 2007;86(2):131-6. PMID: 17251511.