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Kavita Mathu-Muju

DMD, MPH, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, FRCD(C)
Assistant Professor
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Office:
Rm: JBM 122
Tel: 604-822-3316



Research Areas:

Public Health Dentistry, Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

Teaching Areas:

Pediatric Dentistry: Undergraduate and Graduate (Didactic and Clinical), Public Health


Kavita's undergraduate dental education was at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1993. Subsequently, she practiced as a general dentist with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada, serving in rural health centers and school-based clinics. In 2003 she entered the post-doctoral program in pediatric dentistry at the University of North Carolina. There she earned a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the School of Dentistry, as well as a Master's degree in Public Health from the School of Public Health in 2006. Her first academic appointment was at the University of Kentucky from 2006-2011. She was appointed an assistant professor at UBC in 2011. 
 
RECENT PUBLICATIONS (selected) 
 
Oral Health Care for Children in Countries Using Dental Therapists in Public, School-Based Programs, Contrasted with that of the United States, Using Dentists in a Private Practice Model. Mathu-Muju KR, Friedman JW, Nash DA. American Journal of Public Health. Available at: ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301251 
 
A Review of the Global Literature on Dental Therapists.Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. Nash DA, Frieman JW, Mathu-Muju KR, Robinson PG, Lo ECM, Wong AHH, Satur J, Jaafar N, Kardos R, Moffat S, van den Heuvel J, Phantumvanit P, Eu OC, Naidu R, Naidoo L, McKensie I, Fernanda E. Article first published online: 3 May 2013;. Available at: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdoe.12052/pdf  
 
Parental Compliance with Instructions to Remain Silent in the Dental Operatory. Jain C, Mathu-Muju KR, Nash DA, Bush HM, Li H-F. Pediatric Dentistry, Volume 35, Number 1, January/February 2013, pp. 47-51(5) 
 
British Columbia Children's Hospital: 3 Year Summary of Children Receiving Dental Treatment with the Use of General Anesthesia 
Mathu-Muju KR, Li HF, Bush HM, Nam L, Harrison R. 
Prepared for the British Columbia Dental Association. Release Date: February 1st, 2013 
 
Adverse Events during Pediatric Dental Anesthesia: A Study of Closed Malpractice Claims (2012). M Chicka, JB Dembo, KR Mathu-Muju, DA Nash, HM Bush 
Pediatric Dentistry 34(3):231-238. 
 
Practice Patterns of General Dentists Treating Children in Kentucky: Implications for Access to Care (2012). AM Barker, KR Mathu-Muju, DA Nash, HM Bush 
Pediatric Dentistry 34(3):220-225. 
 
Pediatric and General Dentists' Attitudes toward Pulp Therapy for Primary Teeth (2012). JL Bowen, KR Mathu-Muju, DA Nash, HM Bush, HF Li, KB Chance 
Pediatric Dentistry (2012). 34(3):210-215. 
 
A Review of the Global Literature on Dental Therapists: In the Contest of the Movement to Add Dental Therapists to the Oral Health Team in the United States. (2012). DA Nash, JW Freidman, KR Mathu-Muju, with 16 international collaborators. Battle Creek: Michigan, WK Kellogg Foundation. 456 pages. Available at www.WKKF.org 
 
Chronicling the Dental Therapists' Movement in the United States (2011). KR Mathu-Muju. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 71:271-81, 2011.