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Scott Tomar

Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science

Phone: 352-273-5968

  • BA, Temple U., 1980
  • DMD, Temple U., 1984
  • MPH, Columbia U., 1989
  • Specialty Certificate in Dental Public Health, U Michigan, 1991
  • DrPH, U. Michigan, 1993

Main Interests

As a public health dentist and oral epidemiologist, my research interests involve the understanding and control of modifiable risk factors for disease in populations. One primary area of interest is tobacco use and its effects on oral health. My research in this area has included tobacco-associated oral diseases, the epidemiology of tobacco use, and improving the outcomes for people with oral cancer — a disease largely associated with tobacco use. I am currently involved in a number of inter-related research projects on oral cancer, including a social marketing effort for the prevention and control of oral cancer in Florida and an investigation into quality of life among survivors of head and neck cancer. Other projects in which I’m involved include increasing access to dental care for persons living with HIV/AIDS and a dental office-based intervention on childhood obesity.

I’ve had the privilege of serving the profession and public in a number of capacities. I currently serve as Vice President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the world’s largest organization dedicated to optimum oral health for all. I recently completed a term as President of the Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research section of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and currently serve on the IADR Publications Committee. I serve as a consultant for a number of agencies and organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the American Dental Association.

Recent Publications

  • Nelson DE, Mowery P, Tomar SL, Marcus S, Giovino G, Zhao L. Trends in smokeless tobacco use among adults and adolescents in the United States. American Journal of Public Health 2006; 96(5):897-905.
  • Burt BA, Tomar SL. Changing the Face of America: Water Fluoridation and Oral Health. In: Ward J, Warren C (eds). A Safer, Healthier America: The Advancement of Public Health in the 20th Century. New York: Oxford University Press; 2006.
  • Tomar SL. An assessment of the dental public health infrastructure in the United States. J Public Health Dent 2006; 66(1):5–16.
  • Adegbembo AO, Tomar SL, Logan HL. Perception of racism explains the difference between blacks’ and whites’ level of health care trust. Ethnicity & Disease 2006; 16(4):792-8.
  • Meng X, Tomar SL. Attitudes and practices of Florida nurse practitioners on oral cancer prevention and early detection. Journal of Cancer Education [in press].
  • Tomar SL. Public health perspectives on surveillance for periodontal diseases. Journal of Periodontology [in press].
  • Tomar SL, Hatsukami DK. Perceived risk of harm from cigarettes or smokeless tobacco among U.S. high school seniors. Nicotine & Tobacco Research [in press]
  • Meng X, Duncan RP, Porter CK, Li Q, Tomar SL. Oral cancer attitudes and practices among Florida nurse practitioners. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners [in press].
  • Winter K, Baccaglini L, Tomar S. A review of malocclusion among individuals with mental and physical disabilities. Special Care Dentistry [in press].
  • Tomar SL. Dental Public Health Programs. In: Nathe C, editor. Primary Preventive Dentistry, 7th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall [in press]

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