Mary Tavares, DMD
Clinical Professor
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Health Policy & Health Svcs Research

DMD, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
SB/ScB, St Peter's College

Dr. Tavares is the former Program Director of the AGE Program in Dental Public Health at the HSDM. She is also a Senior Clinical Investigator at The Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA. Currently, she is a Clinical Professor at Boston University, directing the Dental Public Health program. A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, she received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and a certificate in Dental Public Health from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Tavares is a 1990 alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Services Research Fellowship for dental faculty.

With a research career spanning three decades, Dr. Tavares was part of a Forsyth team that collaborated with the Kuwait Ministry of Health to create a dental care delivery system for children and she was a co-Principal Investigator in the NIH-funded New England Children's Amalgam Trial that examined the safety of using mercury amalgam fillings in children.

Currently Dr. Tavares' research looks into the connection between systemic and oral health, with a particular focus on obesity and diabetes. She developed The Healthy Weight Intervention program for children to be used in dental offices and has written several chapters and papers on the topic of obesity intervention in dental settings. She is the Principle Investigator of the Kuwait Healthy Lifestyle Study that, under Dr. Max Goodson, followed a cohort of children for 10 years, collecting blood and saliva samples to correlate with changes in BMI and diabetes status.

With a focus on both clinical and public health research, Dr. Tavares is interested in bringing about policy change that has an impact on dental health. "If people are getting good dental care, they are seeing a dentist on a regular basis. This provides the ideal platform for prevention and wellness programs in which the profession should participate."

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03/01/2023 - 08/31/2026 (Subcontract PI)
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  1. Alhareky M, Goodson JM, Tavares M, Hartman ML. Beverage consumption and obesity in Kuwaiti school children. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2023; 14:1174299. PMID: 38529102; PMCID: PMC10961371; DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2023.1174299;
  2. Tavares M, Chiu CJ, Hasturk H, Lake K, O'Keefe AC, De Armas V, Yaskell T, Esberg A, Johansson I, Tanner AC. Household, dietary, and clinical characteristics of childhood caries and overweight progression-A prospective cohort study. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2024 Jan; 34(1):35-46. PMID: 37309985; PMCID: PMC10716355; DOI: 10.1111/ipd.13093;
  3. Alqaderi H, Abdullah A, Finkelman M, Abufarha M, Devarajan S, Abubaker J, Ramesh N, Tavares M, Al-Mulla F, Bin-Hasan S. The relationship between sleep and salivary and serum inflammatory biomarkers in adolescents. Front Med (Lausanne). 2023; 10:1175483. PMID: 37305117; PMCID: PMC10250646; DOI: 10.3389/fmed.2023.1175483;
  4. Alqaderi H, Hegazi F, Al-Mulla F, Chiu CJ, Kantarci A, Al-Ozairi E, Abu-Farha M, Bin-Hasan S, Alsumait A, Abubaker J, Devarajan S, Goodson JM, Hasturk H, Tavares M. Salivary Biomarkers as Predictors of Obesity and Intermediate Hyperglycemia in Adolescents. Front Public Health. 2022; 10:800373. PMID: 35757631; PMCID: PMC9231680; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.800373;
  5. Alqaderi H, Al-Ozairi E, Bin-Hasan S, Tavares M, Goodson JM, Alsumait A, Abu-Farha M, Abubaker J, Devarajan S, Almuhana N, Al-Mulla F. Mediation effect of C-reactive protein in the relationship between abdominal obesity and intermediate hyperglycemia in Kuwaiti adolescents. Biomark Med. 2020 10; 14(15):1427-1437. PMID: 33151093
  6. Chandrupatla SG, Khalid I, Muthuluri T, Dantala S, Tavares M. Diabetes and prediabetes prevalence among young and middle-aged adults in India, with an analysis of geographic differences: findings from the National Family Health Survey. Epidemiol Health. 2020; 42:e2020065. PMID: 32972049; PMCID: PMC7871157; DOI: 10.4178/epih.e2020065;
  7. Alqaderi H, Tavares M, Al-Mulla F, Al-Ozairi E, Goodson JM. Late bedtime and dental caries incidence in Kuwaiti children: A longitudinal multilevel analysis. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2020 06; 48(3):181-187. PMID: 32077126; DOI: 10.1111/cdoe.12523;
  8. Helmi MF, Huang H, Goodson JM, Hasturk H, Tavares M, Natto ZS. Prevalence of periodontitis and alveolar bone loss in a patient population at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. BMC Oral Health. 2019 11 21; 19(1):254. PMID: 31752793; PMCID: PMC6873420; DOI: 10.1186/s12903-019-0925-z;
  9. Alqaderi H, Tavares MA, Riedy C. Residents' Perspectives on and Application of Dental Public Health Competencies Using Case-Based Methods. J Dent Educ. 2019 Dec; 83(12):1445-1451. PMID: 31501255; DOI: 10.21815/JDE.019.150;
  10. Chandrupatla SG, Khalid I, Tavares M. Oral HPV prevalence and HPV vaccination among special needs population in the US. Papillomavirus Res. 2019 12; 8:100182. PMID: 31473308; PMCID: PMC6807293; DOI: 10.1016/j.pvr.2019.100182;
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