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Dr. Raghunath (Raghu) Puttaiah

Infectious Disease Control in Dentistry

Dr. Raghu Puttaiah, a Public Health Dentist, completed an MPH and Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was the first recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc. Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Infectious Disease Control in Dentistry Award at UTHSC-SA Dental School (1993-1996). In 2019, he retired as a Tenured Professor from Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA. He has presented CDE and Lectures at over 250 venues worldwide in dental safety. In addition, he crafted the Dental Safety Standards for India, released by the Honorable Prime Minister of India (2008).

He has helped the Russian Federation formulate Dental Safety Standards. In addition, he has conducted numerous research projects funded by industry and NIH/NIDCR SBIR Grants, presented over 150 original research abstracts, and published book chapters, research papers, review papers, and regular columns on Dental Infection Control.

Dr. Puttaiah’s training materials are used by other trainers within the United States and worldwide. In addition, he was a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of Dental Education, among many others, is the Editor-At-Large for the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, and a grant reviewer for HRSA and PCORI.

He has been a consultant for over 30 dental industries. Dr. Puttaiah has been an invited speaker on dental infection control and safety in the United States, India, Mexico, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Russia, Italy, Jamaica, China, Lebanon, and the Middle East. He has developed comprehensive programs on Dental Infection Control, OSHA, and HIPAA that are currently available on ToothCE.com for dental teams in the United States. He serves as the International College of Dentists Scientific Director for ICD’s Dental Safety Programs. He is the President of ToothCE LLC, a Dental Safety Education Company located in Olney, Maryland.


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