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Dr Arthi Senthilkumar

Contact Details

+64 3 479 7009
Department of Oral Rehabilitation
BDS PGDipHealSc MHealSc PhD DClinDent MRACDS (Pros)
Research summary
Dental education, gerodontology, biomaterials public health, oral and overall health connection
  • DENT 361 Removable prosthodontics module coordinator
  • Fixed Prostheses
  • Lectures: DENT 261, AEST 801
  • CLDN 910: Research supervision
  • Research methodology and biostatistics
  • Member of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists
  • New Zealand Dental Association
  • Clinical supervision
  • DENT 261
  • DENT 361
  • DENT 461


Dr Arthi Senthilkumar has education qualifications in both dental public health and prosthodontics which helped her to contribute to knowledge base in both fields, especially dental epidemiology, dental materials and dental education.

Dental epidemiology and public health

Oral health literacy of an individual has a direct effect on one’s oral health. In her PhD research, extensive dental epidemiological data was collected from a large adolescent population and compared with their oral health literacy. This research identified the rare predictors of dental caries in the Indian adolescent population namely mother’s education status, father’s employment status, and child’s caste system.

Dental education

Dr Senthilkumar has conducted various dental education research including sustaining clinical teaching staff and mobility of international students after graduation. She is currently working on adding oral health education in non-dental health programmes.

Dental materials

She has also been involved in various dental materials research and is currently starting a new project on developing new biomaterials.

Research methodology

Dr Senthilkumar has strong research methodological and statistical skills which helps her to supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students efficiently. She has experience in conducting and supervising qualitative, quantitative, clinical and laboratory studies.


Bennani, V., Aarts, J. M., & Senthilkumar, A. (2023). Effect of a modified laminate veneer preparation design on absolute margin discrepancy and marginal overhang. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2023.10.033 Journal - Research Article

Veerasamy, A., Adam, L., Loch, C., Gray, A. R., Lyons, K., & Brunton, P. (2023). Experiences and perceptions of New Zealand oral health students' rapid move to online learning. New Zealand Dental Journal, 119(3), 123-132. Journal - Research Article

Senthilkumar, A. (2023). [Review of the book The art of complete denture therapy for the general practitioner]. New Zealand Dental Journal, 119(2), 95. [Book Review]. Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Veerasamy, A., Lyons, K., Crabtree, I., & Brunton, P. (2023). Geriatric oral health care content and barriers to its incorporation in undergraduate nursing curricula: New Zealand survey. Journal of Dental Education, 87, 70-77. doi: 10.1002/jdd.13088 Journal - Research Article

Senthilkumar, A. (2022). [Review of the book Protocols for mobile dental photography with auxiliary lighting]. New Zealand Dental Journal, 118(4), 177. [Book Review]. Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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