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Ananda P Dasanayake, BDS, MPH, PHD, FACE

Ananda P. Dasanayake, BDS, MPH, PhD, FACE

Epidemiology and Health Promotion
Room PAS Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Fax: 212-998-9766


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1993
MPH, Int Dental Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1988
BDS, Dentistry, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 1980

Research Interests / Professional Overview

  • Epidemiology of dental caries.
  • Prevention of transmission of Mutans Streptococci from mother to infant.
  • Perinatal periodontal health and poor pregnancy outcomes.
  • Dental health services utilization by minorities.
  • Barriers in meeting Healthy People 2010 objectives in relation to dental sealants.
  • Oral Cancer Epidemiology.
  • Mid-level providers in dentistry.

Current Funding

1R34DE022269-01: Amy Slep (PI) 9/23/2001 - 8/29/2013


Planning Parental/Motivational Interventions to Prevent Early Childhood Caries:  This project is the first to employ a time period when couples are maximally open to intervention in the service of oral, physical, and psychological health (i.e., after the birth of a child). It will be the first to intervene with new parents on three hypothesized social determinants of ECC simultaneously: (a) noxious family environments, (b) daily oral health behaviors/promotion for children, and (c) regular, and recommended child dental check-ups.

Multiple PI

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

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Original Reports

  1. Piyathilake, C J; Hine, R J; Dasanayake, A P; Richards, E W; Freeberg, L E; Vaughn, W H; Krumdieck, C L. "Effect of smoking on folate levels in buccal mucosal cells". International journal of cancer. 1992 Oct 21;52(4):566-569
  2. Wright, J T; Cutter, G R; Dasanayake, A P; Stiles, H M; Caufield, P W. "Effect of conventional dental restorative treatment on bacteria in saliva". Community dentistry & oral epidemiology. 1992 Jun;20(3):138-143
  3. Caufield, P W; Cutter, G R; Dasanayake, A P. "Initial acquisition of mutans streptococci by infants: evidence for a discrete window of infectivity". Journal of dental research. 1993 Jan;72(1):37-45
  4. Childers, N K; Stinnett, E A; Wheeler, P; Wright, J T; Castleberry, R P; Dasanayake, A P. "Oral complications in children with cancer". Oral surgery, oral medicine, & oral pathology. 1993 Jan;75(1):41-47
  5. Dasanayake, A P; Caufield, P W; Cutter, G R; Stiles, H M. "Transmission of mutans streptococci to infants following short term application of an iodine-NaF solution to mothers' dentition". Community dentistry & oral epidemiology. 1993 Jun;21(3):136-142
  6. Dasanayake, A P; Caufield, P W; Cutter, G R; Roseman, J M; Kohler, B. "Differences in the detection and enumeration of mutans streptococci due to differences in methods". Archives of oral biology. 1995 Apr;40(4):345-351
  7. Dasanayake, A P; Macaluso, M; Roseman, J M; Caufield, P W. "Validity of the mother's recall of her child's antibiotic use". ASDC journal of dentistry for children. 1995 Mar-Apr;62(2):118-122
  8. Dasanayake, A P; Roseman, J M; Caufield, P W; Butts, J T. "Distribution and determinants of mutans streptococci among African-American children and association with selected variables". Pediatric dentistry. 1995 May-Jun;17(3):192-198
  9. Dasanayake, A P. "Poor periodontal health of the pregnant woman as a risk factor for low birth weight". Annals of periodontology. 1998 Jul;3(1):206-212
  10. Huang, W J; Taylor, R W; Dasanayake, A P. "Determining cephalometric norms for Caucasians and African Americans in Birmingham". Angle orthodontist. 1998 Dec;68(6):503-11; discussion 512 (discussion 512)
  11. Acton, R T; Dasanayake, A P; Harrison, R A; Li, Y; Roseman, J M; Go, R C; Wiener, H; Caufield, P W. "Associations of MHC genes with levels of caries-inducing organisms and caries severity in African-American women". Human immunology. 1999 Oct;60(10):984-989
  12. Shiokawa, S; Mortari, F; Lima, J O; Nunez, C; Bertrand, F E 3rd; Kirkham, P M; Zhu, S; Dasanayake, A P; Schroeder, H W Jr. "IgM heavy chain complementarity-determining region 3 diversity is constrained by genetic and somatic mechanisms until two months after birth". Journal of immunology. 1999 May 15;162(10):6060-6070
  13. Caufield, P W; Dasanayake, A P; Li, Y; Pan, Y; Hsu, J; Hardin, J M. "Natural history of Streptococcus sanguinis in the oral cavity of infants: evidence for a discrete window of infectivity". Infection & immunity. 2000 Jul;68(7):4018-4023
  14. Lima, J O; Zhang, L; Atkinson, T P; Philips, J; Dasanayake, A P; Schroeder, H W Jr. "Early expression of iepsilon, CD23 (FcepsilonRII), IL-4Ralpha, and IgE in the human fetus". Journal of allergy & clinical immunology. 2000 Nov;106(5):911-917
  15. Caufield, P W; Dasanayake, A P; Li, Y. "The antimicrobial approach to caries management". Journal of dental education. 2001 Oct;65(10):1091-1095
  16. Dasanayake, A P; Boyd, D; Madianos, P N; Offenbacher, S; Hills, E. "The association between Porphyromonas gingivalis-specific maternal serum IgG and low birth weight". Journal of periodontology. 2001 Nov;72(11):1491-1497
  17. Dasanayake, A P; Li, Y; Philip, S; Kirk, K; Bronstein, J; Childers, N K. "Utilization of dental sealants by Alabama Medicaid children: barriers in meeting the year 2010 objectives". Pediatric dentistry. 2001 Sep-Oct;23(5):401-406
  18. Ambard, Alberto J; Fanchiang, Ju-Chun; Mueninghoff, Leonard; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Cleansability of and patients' satisfaction with implant-retained overdentures: a retrospective comparison of two attachment methods". Journal of the American Dental Association. JADA. 2002 Sep;133(9):1237-42; quiz 1261 (quiz 1261)
  19. Childers, N K; Tong, G; Li, F; Dasanayake, A P; Kirk, K; Michalek, S M. "Humans immunized with Streptococcus mutans antigens by mucosal routes". Journal of dental research. 2002 Jan;81(1):48-52
  20. Dasanayake, A P; Wiener, H W; Li, Y; Vermund, S H; Caufield, P W. "Lack of effect of chlorhexidine varnish on Streptococcus mutans transmission and caries in mothers and children". Caries research. 2002 Jul-Aug;36(4):288-293
  21. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Caufield, Page W. "Prevalence of dental caries in Sri Lankan aboriginal Veddha children". International dental journal. 2002 Dec;52(6):438-444
  22. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Li, Yufeng; Wadhawan, Sangeetha; Kirk, Katharine; Bronstein, Janet; Childers, Noel K. "Disparities in dental service utilization among Alabama Medicaid children". Community dentistry & oral epidemiology. 2002 Oct;30(5):369-376
  23. Childers, N K; Greenleaf, C; Li, F; Dasanayake, A P; Powell, W D; Michalek, S M. "Effect of age on immunoglobulin A subclass distribution in human parotid saliva". Oral microbiology & immunology. 2003 Oct;18(5):298-301
  24. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Li, Yufeng; Kirk, Katharine; Bronstein, Janet; Childers, Noel K. "Restorative cost savings related to dental sealants in Alabama Medicaid children". Pediatric dentistry. 2003 Nov-Dec;25(6):572-576
  25. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Russell, Shirley; Boyd, Doryck; Madianos, Phoebus N; Forster, Teri; Hill, Ed. "Preterm low birth weight and periodontal disease among African Americans". Dental clinics of North America. 2003 Jan;47(1):'1'-'19'
  26. Dasanayake, AP; Li, Y; Wiener, H. "Pregnancy, oral bacteria, and birth weight". Journal of dental research. 2003;82(7):1883-1883 (JUN )
  27. Li, F; Michalek, S M; Dasanayake, A P; Li, Y; Kirk, K; Childers, N K. "Intranasal immunization of humans with Streptococcus mutans antigens". Oral microbiology & immunology. 2003 Oct;18(5):271-277
  28. Li, Yihong; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Caufield, Page W; Elliott, Ronald R; Butts, James T 3rd. "Characterization of maternal mutans streptococci transmission in an African American population". Dental clinics of North America. 2003 Jan;47(1):87-101
  29. Lopez, LM; Psoter, W; Dasanayake, AP; Elias, A. "Comparisons of breast-feeding practices of low- and middle-socio-economic communities of Puerto Rico: 1993 and 2001". Journal of dental research. 2003;82(7):0435-0435 (JUN)
  30. Moore, Paul A; Zgibor, Janice C; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Diabetes: a growing epidemic of all ages". Journal of the American Dental Association. JADA. 2003 Oct;134 Spec No:11S-15S
  31. Caufield, Page W; Li, Yihong; Dasanayake, Ananda. "Dental caries: an infectious and transmissible disease". Compendium of continuing education in dentistry (1995). 2005 May;26(5 Suppl 1):10-16
  32. Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Moderate coffee intake may reduce the risk of oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal cancer". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2005 Mar;5(1):31-32
  33. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Li, Yihong; Wiener, Howard; Ruby, John D; Lee, Men-Jean. "Salivary Actinomyces naeslundii genospecies 2 and Lactobacillus casei levels predict pregnancy outcomes". Journal of periodontology. 2005 Feb;76(2):171-177
  34. Dorantes, Carlos; Childers, Noel K; Makhija, Sonia K; Elliott, Ron; Chafin, Teri; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Assessment of retention rates and clinical benefits of a community sealant program". Pediatric dentistry. 2005 May-Jun;27(3):212-216
  35. Li, Y; Caufield, P W; Dasanayake, A P; Wiener, H W; Vermund, S H. "Mode of delivery and other maternal factors influence the acquisition of Streptococcus mutans in infants". Journal of dental research. 2005 Sep;84(9):806-811
  36. Rajapakse, P S; Nagarathne, M; Chandrasekra, K B; Dasanayake, A P. "Periodontal disease and prematurity among non-smoking Sri Lankan women". Journal of dental research. 2005 Mar;84(3):274-277
  37. Childers, N K; Li, F; Dasanayake, A P; Li, Y; Kirk, K; Michalek, S M. "Immune response in humans to a nasal boost with Streptococcus mutans antigens". Oral microbiology & immunology. 2006 Oct;21(5):309-313
  38. Di Fiore, P M; Genov, K I; Komaroff, E; Dasanayake, A P; Lin, L. "Fracture of ProFile nickel-titanium rotary instruments: a laboratory simulation assessment". International endodontic journal. 2006 Jun;39(6):502-509
  39. Makhija, Sonia K; Childers, Noel K; Lauten, Johnson; Dorantes, Carlos E; Chafin, Teri; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Evaluation of initial caries score and caries incidence in a public health sealant program: a retrospective study". Pediatric dentistry. 2006 Sep-Oct;28(5):420-424
  40. Russell, Stefanie; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Maternal periodontal disease is related to preterm low birth weight delivery in a group of Brazilian women". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2006 Sep;6(3):236-237
  41. Russell, Stefanie; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Periodontal status is unrelated to preterm low birth weight in a group of Caucasian German women". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2006 Sep;6(3):240-241
  42. Caufield, P W; Li, Y; Dasanayake, A; Saxena, D. "Diversity of lactobacilli in the oral cavities of young women with dental caries". Caries research. 2007;41(1):2-8
  43. Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Preeclampsia is not related to clinical periodontal disease in nonsmoking and nondrinking Jordanian women". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2007 Dec;7(4):176-177
  44. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Li, Yufeng; Chhun, Nok; Bronstein, Janet M; Childers, Noel K. "Challenges faced by minority children in obtaining dental care". Journal of health care for the poor & underserved. 2007 Nov;18(4):779-789
  45. Oen, Kay T; Thompson, Van P; Vena, Don; Caufield, Page W; Curro, Fredrick; Dasanayake, Ananda; Ship, Jonathan A; Lindblad, Anne. "Attitudes and expectations of treating deep caries: a PEARL Network survey". General dentistry. 2007 May-Jun;55(3):197-203
  46. Dasanayake, A P; Chhun, N; Tanner, A C R; Craig, R G; Lee, M J; Moore, A F; Norman, R G. "Periodontal pathogens and gestational diabetes mellitus". Journal of dental research. 2008 Apr;87(4):328-333
  47. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Gennaro, Susan; Hendricks-Munoz, Karen D; Chhun, Nok. "Maternal periodontal disease, pregnancy, and neonatal outcomes". MCN: The American journal of maternal/child nursing. 2008 Jan-Feb;33(1):45-49
  48. Kamer, Angela R; Craig, Ronald G; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Brys, Miroslaw; Glodzik-Sobanska, Lidia; de Leon, Mony J. "Inflammation and Alzheimer's disease: possible role of periodontal diseases". Alzheimer's and dementia. 2008 Jul;4(4):242-250
  49. Kamer, Angela R; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Craig, Ronald G; Glodzik-Sobanska, Lidia; Bry, Miroslow; de Leon, Mony J. "Alzheimer's disease and peripheral infections: the possible contribution from periodontal infections, model and hypothesis". Journal of Alzheimer's disease. 2008 May;13(4):437-449
  50. Ruby, J D; Lux, R; Shi, W; Charon, N W; Dasanayake, A. "Effect of glucose on Treponema denticola cell behavior". Oral microbiology & immunology. 2008 Jun;23(3):234-238
  51. Dasanayake, Ananda P. "C-reactive protein levels are elevated in patients with periodontitis and their CRP levels may go down after periodontal therapy". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2009 Mar;9(1):21-22
  52. Kamer, Angela R; Craig, Ronald G; Pirraglia, Elizabeth; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Norman, Robert G; Boylan, Robert J; Nehorayoff, Andrea; Glodzik, Lidia; Brys, Miroslaw; de Leon, Mony J. "TNF-alpha and antibodies to periodontal bacteria discriminate between Alzheimer's disease patients and normal subjects". Journal of neuroimmunology. 2009 Nov;216(1-2):92-97
  53. Yang, Yi-Hsin; Sue, Rouh-Lan; Warnakulasuriya, Saman; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Promoting better oral health practices among aboriginal Taiwanese adolescents: a school based oral health education intervention program". Journal of health care for the poor & underserved. 2009;20(4 Suppl):41-50
  54. Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Periodontal Disease is Related to Local and Systemic Mediators of Inflammation".Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2010 Dec;10(4):246-247
  55. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Silverman, Amanda J; Warnakulasuriya, Saman. "Mate drinking and oral and oro-pharyngeal cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis". Oral oncology. 2010 Feb;46(2):82-86
  56. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Warnakulasuriya, Saman; Harris, Colin K; Cooper, Derek J; Peters, Timothy J; Gelbier, Stanley. "Tooth decay in alcohol abusers compared to alcohol and drug abusers". International journal of dentistry. 2010;2010:786503-786503
  57. Scannapieco, Frank A; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Chhun, Nok. ""Does periodontal therapy reduce the risk for systemic diseases?"". Dental clinics of North America. 2010 Jan;54(1):163-181
  58. Warnakulasuriya, S; Kashyap, R; Dasanayake, A P. "Is workplace screening for potentially malignant oral disorders feasible in India?". Journal of oral pathology & medicine. 2010 Oct;39(9):672-676
  59. Brar, Bhupinder S; Norman, Robert G; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Involvement of ayurvedic practitioners in oral health care in the United States". Journal of the American Dental Association. JADA. 2012 Oct;143(10):1120-1126
  60. Dasanayake, A P; Brar, B S; Matta, S; Ranjan, V K; Norman, R G. "Are procedures performed by dental auxiliaries safe and of comparable quality? A systematic review". Journal of the California Dental Association. 2012 Jan;40(1):65-78
  61. Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Scaling and Root Planing Performed on Pregnant Women With Mild to Moderate Periodontal Disease is Not Efficacious in Reducing Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, or Other Poor Pregnancy Outcomes". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2012 Sep;12(3):135-137
  62. Hujoel, P; Barasch, A; Cunha-Cruz, J; Curro, F A; Sung, A H; Vena, D; Voinea-Griffin, A E; Beadnell, S; Craig, R G; DeRouen, T; Dasanayake, A; Gilbert, A; Gilbert, G H; Goldberg, K; Hauley, R; Hashimoto, M; Holmes, J; Latzke, B; Leroux, B; Lindblad, A; Richman, J; Safford, M; Ship, J; Thompson, V P; Williams, O D; Yin, W. "Osteonecrosis of the jaw and oral hygiene: a case-control study from Condor Dental PBRN". Journal of dental hygiene: JDH. 2012 Winter;86(1):32-33
  63. Momeni, Stephanie S; Tomline, Nancy; Ruby, John D; Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Evaluation of in-office dental unit waterline testing". General dentistry. 2012 May-Jun;60(3):e142-e147
  64. Salazar, Christian R; Francois, Fritz; Li, Yihong; Corby, Patricia; Hays, Rosemary; Leung, Celine; Bedi, Sukhleen; Segers, Stephanie; Queiroz, Erica; Sun, Jinghua; Wang, Beverly; Ho, Hao; Craig, Ronald; Cruz, Gustavo D; Blaser, Martin J; Perez-Perez, Guillermo; Hayes, Richard B; Dasanayake, Ananda; Pei, Zhiheng; Chen, Yu." Association between oral health and gastric precancerous lesions". Carcinogenesis. 2012 Feb;33(2):399-403
  65. Chokwiriyachit, Anyarat; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Suwannarong, Waraporn; Hormdee, Doosasee; Sumanonta, Gunniga; Prasertchareonsuk, Witoon; Wara-Aswapati, Nawarat; Combellick, Joan; Pitiphat, Waranuch. "Periodontitis and gestational diabetes mellitus in non-smoking females". Journal of periodontology. 2013 Jul;84(7):857-862
  66. Dasanayake, A P; Li, Y; Maetz, H M; Vermund, S H. "Remembering Juan Navia". Journal of dental research. 2013 Jul;:876-879
  67. Dasanayake, Ananda P. "Scaling and root planing is effective in reducing preterm birth only in high-risk groups". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2013 Jun;13(2):42-44
  68. Javed, Fawad; Tenenbaum, Howard C; Nogueira-Filho, Getulio; Nooh, Nasser; O'Bello Correa, Fernanda; Warnakulasuriya, Saman; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Al-Hezaimi, Khalid. "Periodontal Inflammatory Conditions Among Gutka Chewers and Non-chewers With and Without Prediabetes". Journal of periodontology. 2013 Aug;84(8):1158-1164
  69. Salazar, Christian R; Sun, Jinghua; Li, Yihong; Francois, Fritz; Corby, Patricia; Perez-Perez, Guillermo; Dasanayake, Ananda; Pei, Zhiheng; Chen, Yu. "Association between Selected Oral Pathogens and Gastric Precancerous Lesions". PLoS one. 2013;8(1):e51604-e51604 (e51604)


  1. Ship, Jonathan A; Curro, Frederick A; Caufield, Page W; Dasanayake, Ananda P; Lindblad, Anne; Thompson, Van P; Vena, Don. "Practicing dentistry using findings from clinical research: you are closer than you think [Editorial]". Journal of the American Dental Association. JADA. 2006 Nov;137(11):178-189
  2. Dasanayake, Ananda P; Caufield, Page W. "At-home or in-office fluoride application does not significantly reduce subsequent caries-related procedures in ambulatory adults of any caries-risk level [Comment]". Journal of evidence-based dental practice. 2007 Dec;7(4):155-157