UW School of Dentistry


Marilynn Rothen , RDH, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Health Sciences




Research Interests

Current research interests are primarily in the area of dental caries management and caries risk assessment, in addition to a long standing interest in the treatment of patients with dental fear and related behavior modification.


  1. Cuhna-Cruz, J., Wataha, J.C., Heaton, L.J., Rothen, M., Sobieraj, M., Scott, J., and Berg, J.  The prevalence of dentin hypersensitivity in general dental practices in the northwest United States. J Am Dent Assoc 2013; 144:288-96.
  2. Cuhna-Cruz, J., Scott, J., Rothen, M., Mancl, L., Lawton, T., Brossel, K., and Berg, J. Salivary Characteristics and Dental Caries: Evidence from General Dental Practices. J Am Dent Assoc 2013; 144:e31-40.
  3. Rothen, M., Cunha-Cruz, J., Mancl, L., Leroux, B., Latzke Davis, B., Coyne, J., Gillette, J., Berg, J. Inter-examiner Reliability of Salivary Diagnostic Tests in a Practice-based Research Network. J Dent Hyg 2011; 85:143-50.
  4. Persson, G.R., Hitti, J., Verhelst, R., Vaneechoutte, M., Persson, R.E., Hirschi, R., Weibel, M., Rothen, M., Temmerman, M., Paul, K., Eschenbach, D. The vaginal microflora in relation to gingivitis. BMC Infectious Diseases 2009, 9:6.
  5. Ly, K.A., Riedy, C.A., Milgrom, P., Rothen, M., Roberts, M.C., Zhou, L. Xylitol Gummy Bear Snacks: A School-based Randomized Clinical Trial. BMC Oral Health 2008 Jul 25;8:20.
  6. Riedy, C.A., Milgrom, P., Ly, K.A., Rothen, M., Mueller, G., Hagstrom, M.K., Tolentino, E., Zhou, L., Roberts, M.C. A Surrogate Method for Comparison Analysis of Salivary Concentrations of Xylitol-Containing Products. BMC Oral Health 2008, 8:5.
  7. Ly, K.A., Milgrom, P., Roberts, M.C., Yamaguchi, D.K., Rothen, M., Mueller, G. Linear Response of Mutans Streptococci to Increasing Frequency of Xylitol Chewing Gum Use: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  BMC Oral Health 2006 Mar 24; 6:6.
  8. Milgrom, P., Ly, K.A., Roberts, M.C., Rothen, M., Mueller, G., Yamaguchi, D.K.  Mutans Streptococci Dose Response to Xylitol Chewing Gum.  J Dent Res 2006; 85: 177-181.