Poppy Anastassiadis

Dr Poppy Anastassiadis

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dental decay is a preventable disease.
The burden of poor oral health is greatest on the disadvantaged and socially marginalised.
These realities guide my academic and research focus on preventive, person-centred care. Applying the principles of adult education, I facilitate the transformation of learners into highly effective clinicians; equipped with the knowledge, clinical skills and professionalism that are vital to deliver quality person-centred care.

Available Project: Silver Fluoride: knowledge, perspectives and experience 


The integration of silver fluoride in South Australian dental clinics for student use is pivotal in modern caries management. Extensive research validates the efficacy of silver fluoride in arresting caries in both primary and permanent teeth, presenting a minimally invasive alternative, or adjunct, to conventional restorative procedures.


Silver fluoride and silver diamine fluoride can be considered as an additional adjunct in the toolkit for caries management. They are currently indicated in situations where traditional treatment approaches to caries management face challenges due to patient behaviour, medical factors, or limited access to care (Do et al., 2020). 


This research centres around implementing silver fluoride into SA dental student clinics for enhanced caries management. Tailored guidelines and precise application protocols aim to facilitate its integration into clinical practice.


This research project aims to assess the baseline knowledge, perspectives, and experiences of students, staff, and tutors regarding the implementation of silver fluoride in clinics through an initial comprehensive survey. After the implementation period, a follow-up survey will measure changes and perceptions post-implementation. Additionally, focus groups will complement the quantitative data by delving deeper into emerging themes, providing a nuanced understanding and validating the findings from the surveys.


Understanding barriers to implementation will drive targeted education and training efforts, essential for successful adoption in dental practice. Ultimately, this research seeks to harness the potential of silver fluoride as an adjunct in the toolkit for comprehensive caries management, optimising dental care across diverse patient scenarios.

Project available for Honours

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2020 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2014 Associate Lecturer The University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2023 Fellowship Fellow of the International College of Dentists International College of Dentists Australia -
    2020 Fellowship Fellow of Pierre Frauchard Academy Pierre Frauchard Academy Australia -
    2013 Fellowship Fellowship Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons General Dental Practice Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia -
    2011 Distinction Commendation in the Primary Examination Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia -
    2009 Award Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Academic Prize Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2020 Flinders University Australia Master of Clinical Education
    2005 - 2009 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2017 - 2020 Master of Clinical Education Flinders University Australia
    2013 Fellowship General Dental Practice The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2020 Epigeum: Supervising Doctoral Studies program The University of Adelaide -
  • Research Interests

Undergraduate teaching

* Bachelor of Dental Surgery

2nd Year Co-coordinator 

2nd Year Simulation Clinic Coordinator

Minimum Intervention Dentistry Lecturer

* Bachelor of Oral Health

Minimum Intervention Dentistry Lecturer

Postgraduate teaching

* Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science

  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2019 - 2019 Board Member Adelaide Dental School Program Board The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Council Council Australian Dental Association South Australia Branch Australian Dental Association South Australia Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Employed Dentist Working Party Australian Dental Association Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2020 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member e-Learning Community of Practice Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Craniofacial Biology and Dental Education Group Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Dental Association Australia
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Reviewer: Focus on Health Professional Education Scientific Community Engagement Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-professional Journal -
    2017 - ongoing ADA Federal Continuing Professional Development Reviewer Scientific Community Engagement Australian Dental Association -
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83132911
  • Email: poppy.anastassiadis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 10
  • Org Unit: Dental

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