Chris deery

Professor Chris Deery


Dean School of Clinical Dentistry

Professor/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry

Contact Details:

School of Clinical Dentistry
Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 2159415



I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1984. Periods in general dental practice and the community dental service, where followed by a masters degree from Bristol. I then moved to the Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee. I became a Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Edinburgh Dental Institute in 2001 and became Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, University of Sheffield in 2006.

I was appointed Dean of the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield in 2015.


I am the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. Chair of the Consultants in Paediatric Dentistry Group, UK. My research interests are preventive dentistry, cariology, evidence based dentistry, research in primary care and child focused research. I am particularly interested in meticulous caries diagnosis and a founder member of International Caries Detection & Assessment System (ICDAS) Co-ordinating Committee.

I developed the MClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry here in Sheffield, having previously done so in Edinburgh (22 masters students).

Research Deery Research

My research interests are preventive dentistry, cariology, evidence based dentistry, research in primary care and child focused research come together in the NIHR Fiction Trial (Filling children’s teeth indicated or not?), which is the largest randomized controlled trial ever undertaken in dentistry. This trial with primary care will significantly change the dental care of children. Recent research has looked at restorative caries management options and the use of fissure sealants.

I am particularly interested in improving caries diagnosis because I believe this will improve patient outcomes. My research has looked at both meticulous visual caries diagnosis and the use of diagnostic aides and devices, such as laser fluorescence.

Current and planned research is examining the remineralisation of dentine and the structure of carious lesions.
I am member of the International Caries Detection & Assessment System (ICDAS) Co-ordinating Committee, which is redefining the research, clinical and educational agenda in cariology.

Research Team

Current PhD Students

  • Ahmed Marghalani. An evaluation of oral health services for children with disabilities in Medinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Ethnographic case study)
  • Alaa Bani Hani. The outcome of caries management at two specialist centres, a qualitative and quantitative investigation. Joint with University of Leeds (2016)

Past PhD Students

  • Eleanor Ashworth. The remineralisation of erosion and caries affected dentine by infiltration with colloidal nanoparticles
  • Fiona Gilchrist. The impact of dental caries and dental care in children (2015) NIHR doctoral research fellowship
  • Samiya Subka. Validity and acceptability of approximal caries diagnosis in primary teeth (2015)
  • Nicola Parkin. Open versus Closed exposure of canine teeth (2012)
  • Paul Dawson. Social construction of dental decay (2012)
  • Maryam Bahrami. An investigation into the implementation of clinical guidelines in the general dental services. University of Dundee (2004)

I teach undergraduate dental and hygiene and therapy students in all years. I founded and am currently the Programme Director for the MClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry. I also teach on the Current Concepts and Research Methods modules.

I provide continuing professional development and keynote lectures Nationally and Internationally. These presentations are on paediatric dentistry and cariology.
Until 2015 I was Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching and Theme Leader for the Intermediate Oral Dental Care Theme (BDS 3rd Year).

I also provide training for NHS junior staff.


I am an Honorary NHS Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry based in the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. I also care for patients at Sheffield Childrens Hospital, where I provide comprehensive care under general anaesthesia.

In the area of clinical management I have been the NHS Clinical Lead for Paediatric Dentistry and the Associate Clinical Director Charles Clifford Dental Services.

Professional Activities
  • Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

  • Editorial Board Member Dental Update

  • Regional Advisor Royal College of Surgeons of England (South Yorkshire and Trent)

  • Member Speciality Advisory Board in Paediatric Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

  • Member Tri-collegiate Membership in Paediatric Dentistry Board

  • Chair Consultants in paediatric Dentistry Group UK


Twitter: @chrisdeery




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