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64 3 479 5853
Senior Lecturer
Department of Oral Sciences
BDS(Edin) MDS PhD (Otago) FDSRCS
Research summary
Paediatric Dentistry


My main interests are in children’s coping, acceptance and preferences, and anxiety related to dental treatment, and outcomes of dental care in primary care.

A large part of my research centres on the use of the Hall Technique (HT) to place stainless steel crowns to treat decayed primary molar teeth. The HT has derived public and media interest because there is no removal of dental decay, hence no drilling, and no use of local anaesthetic injections. However, although studies so far have shown excellent clinical outcomes, children’s attitudes and preferences in relation to the treatment in New Zealand are not known.


Shukla, H., Meldrum, A., & Boyd, D. (2023). Dental and oro-facial features of Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1579), 24-35. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Boyd, D. H., Foster Page, L. A., Moffat, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2023). Time to complain about pain: Children's self-reported procedural pain in a randomised control trial of Hall and conventional stainless-steel crown techniques. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ipd.13059 Journal - Research Article

Boyd, D. H., Moffat, S. M., Foster Page, L. A., Lacey, J. K., Fuge, K. N., Natarajan, A. K., Misa, T. F., & Thomson, W. M. (2022). Oral health of children in Aotearoa New Zealand: Time for change. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 52(4), 335-356. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2069826 Journal - Research Article

Boyd, D. H. (2022). Outcomes of restorative dental treatment with the Hall technique in New Zealand primary care (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from Awarded Doctoral Degree

Lee, Y.-L., Li, K. C., Yiu, C. K. Y., Boyd, D. H., & Ekambaram, M. (2022). Evaluation of developmentally hypomineralised enamel after surface pretreatment with Papacarie Duo gel and different etching modes: An in vitro SEM and AFM study. European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry, 23, 117-131. doi: 10.1007/s40368-021-00671-w Journal - Research Article

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