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Dr Rahul Nair

Rahul Nair
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
PhD Candidate
Adelaide Dental School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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Dr Rahul Nair

Current projects
  • Scales for measuring patient satisfaction.
  • Caries prediction among infants, with psychometric validation of pertinent questionnaire instruments.
  • Willingness To Pay for caries risk assessment.
  • Caries prediction among those undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Incidence of Xerostomia using Xerostomia inventory.
  • Randomized Controlled trial to test effectiveness of training special educators.



Date Position Institution name
2008 - 2015 Assistant Professor National University of Singapore
2005 - 2007 Graduate Research Assistant Iowa Fluoride Study


Date Institution name Country Title
1997 - 2002 Manipal University India BDS

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
2005 - 2008 MS in Dental Public Health University of Iowa United States
2003 - 2005 MPH Western Kentucky University United States

Research Interests


Year Citation
2018 Nair, R., Ishaque, S., Spencer, A., Luzzi, L., & Do, L. (2018). Critical review of the validity of patient satisfaction questionnaires pertaining to oral health care. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 46(4), 369-375.
2018 Nair, R., Chiu, S., Chua, Y., Dhillon, I., Li, J., & Yee Ting Fai, R. (2018). Should short-term use of alcohol-containing mouthrinse be avoided for fear of worsening xerostomia?. Journal of oral rehabilitation, 45(2), 140-146.
2017 Tong, H., Lee, H., Lee, Y., Low, Y., Lim, C., & Nair, R. (2017). Factors influencing the inclusion of oral health education in individualized education plans of children with autism spectrum disorders in Singapore. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 27(4), 255-263.
2017 Lim, S., Kiang, L., Manohara, R., Tong, H., Nair, R., Hong, C., & Hu, S. (2017). Interim therapeutic restoration approach versus treatment under general anaesthesia approach. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 27(6), 551-557.
DOI Scopus1
2017 Tan, S., Vernazza, C., & Nair, R. (2017). Critical review of willingness to pay for clinical oral health interventions. Journal of Dentistry, 64, 1-12.
DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
2016 Goh, C., Guay, M., Lim, M., Lim, S., Loke, S., Toh, H., & Nair, R. (2016). Correlates of attitudes and perceived behavioural control towards oral care provision among trained and untrained nursing home caregivers in Singapore. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(11-12), 1624-1633.
2016 Nair, R., & Yee, R. (2016). Differences in willingness to pay for an extraction, a filling, and cleaning teeth at various levels of oral health-related quality of life, as measured by oral impacts on daily performance, among older adults in Singapore. Singapore Dental Journal, 37, 2-8.
2016 Nair, R., Chuang, J., Lee, P., Leo, S., Yang, N., Yee, R., & Tong, H. (2016). Adult perceptions of dental fluorosis and select dental conditions-an Asian perspective. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 44(2), 135-144.
DOI Europe PMC2
2016 Nair, R., Tsakos, G., & Yee Ting Fai, R. (2016). Testing reliability and validity of oral impacts on daily performances for Chinese-speaking elderly Singaporeans. Gerodontology, 33(4), 499-505.
DOI Scopus1
2015 Ng, J., Eu, O., Nair, R., & Hong, C. (2015). Prevalence of molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH) in Singaporean children. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 25(2), 73-78.
DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC2
2015 Dutt, A., Chen, I., & Nair, R. (2015). Reliability and Validity of Skills and Needs Inventories in Functional Behavior Assessments and Interventions for School Personnel. The Journal of Special Education, 49(4), 233-242.
2015 Nair, R., & Ai-Min, A. M. (2015). A conceptual framework (Cat-4) for estimating clinical relevance of evidence related to oral diagnosis. Journal of Interdisciplinary Dentistry, 5(3), 114-118.
2014 Mei Na, T., Nair, R., Di Ying, J., & Yee, R. (2014). Oral health status and complete denture status of independent-living Singaporean elderly residing in a community home. Singapore Dental Journal, 35, 9-15.
DOI Europe PMC2
2011 Nair, R., Wong, A., Ngo, J., & Wong, M. L. (2011). Common Dental Conditions in Adults. The Singapore Family Physician, 37(1), 14-17.
2010 Nair, R., Weber-Gasparoni, K., Marshall, T., Warren, J., & Levy, S. (2010). Factors affecting early childhood caries among WIC-enrolled children in Linn County, Iowa. Journal of Dentistry for Children, 77(3), 158-165.
Scopus2 Europe PMC1
2009 Nair, R., Deguchi, T., Li, X., Katashiba, S., & Chan, Y. (2009). Quantitative analysis of the maxilla and the mandible in hyper- and hypodivergent skeletal class II pattern. Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research, 12(1), 9-13.
DOI Scopus10 Europe PMC6

Book Chapters

Year Citation
nayak. (n.d.). Textbook Of Periodontology And Oral Implantology. Elsevier India.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2017 Nair., & Nguee, A. M. (2017). A Systematic Review of Diagnostic Clinical Trials Assessing Diagnostic Procedures for Dental Caries.. In IADR San Francisco. San Francisco.
2017 Dutt, A., Nair, R., Cheng, A., Leong, S., & Tan, M. (2017). Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Web Based Training Program in Functional Behavioral Assessment and Interventions with Special Education schools in Singapore. In Association of Behavior Analysis International. Paris, France.
2014 Dutt, A., Nair, R., & Chen, I. (2014). A Needs Analysis in Behavioural Assessments and Interventions within Special Education schools in Singapore. In examples of behavior analysts meeting the needs of school-based personnel in behavior assessment and intervention. Chicago, IL.
2014 Thean, H. P. Y., Yu, V. S. H., Yee, T. F. R., & Nair, R. (2014). Relative Performance of NiTi and Stainless Steel Hand Instrumentation. In IADR. Cape Town, South Africa.
2014 Nair, R., Chuang, J., Lee, P., Leo, S. J., Yang, N., YEE, R. T. F., & Tong, H. J. (2014). Treatment Needs for Dental Fluorosis, Select Conditions and Normal Dentition. In IADR. Cape Town, South Africa.
2013 HSL, C., Nair, R., & Yee, T. F. R. (2013). Relationship between the Xerostomia Inventory and Stimulated Salivary Flow Rate.. In IADR APR Conference Proceedings. Bangkok, Thailand.
2013 Nair, R., & Yee, T. F. R. (2013). A reliable and valid measure of quality of life for Chinese speaking elderly Singaporeans.. In IADR APR Conference Proceedings. Bangkok, Thailand.
2013 Nair, R., Yee, T. F. R., Liang, S., & Tsakos, G. (2013). Quality of life and willingness-to-pay for dental extractions among Singaporean-elderly. In WCPD Conference Proceedings. Budapest, Hungary.
2012 Nair, R., & Xander, C. K. T. (2012). Comparing detection of non-cavitated carious lesions by ICDAS and FluoreCam™. In IADR SEA Conference Proceedings. Hong Kong.
2011 Nair, R., & Yee, T. F. R. (2011). Learning Cariology Through Collaboration and Content creation. In IADR-SEAADE Conference Proceedings. Singapore.
2009 Xiaobing, L., Nair, R., Lim, C. Y. A., & Foong, K. W. C. (2009). The evaluations of undergraduate clinic-based Orthodontic competency tests of National University of Singapore. In IADR APR. Wuhan.
2009 Nair, R., Weber-Gasperoni, K., Warren, J. J., Marshall, T. A., & Levy, S. M. (2009). Determinants of ECC among WIC-enrolled children in Linn County, IA. In IADR APR Conference Proceedings. Wuhan, China.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2006 Levy, S. M., Chankanka, O., & Nair, R. (2006). A Review of Fluoride Intake Relevant to Canadian Water Fluoride Discussions.

Registered Design

Year Citation
2017 Nair, R. (2017). Diagnosis of dental caries: A critical review of research methodology, the absence of pertinent clinical trials and its implications [Design].
2017 Tong, H. J., Nair, R., J, F., Tan, K. H., Lai, G., Ng, W. X., & Lua, E. (2017). Techniques to prepare children with autism spectrum disorder for dental visits [Design].
2016 Ishaque, S., Salter, A., Karnon, J., Chen, G., & Nair, R. (2016). A systematic review of randomized clinical trials evaluating the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to improve patient outcomes. [Design].


Year Citation
2008 Nair, R. (2008). Determinants of early childhood caries among WIC enrolled children in Linn county, Iowa.. (Master's Thesis).
Date Project Title Investigators Funding Body Amount
2015 - 2017 An Evaluation on the Effectiveness of a Web Based Training Program in Functional Behavioral Assessment and Interventions with SPED schools in Singapore

A Dutt, R Nair, K Koh

MOE, Singapore Project Grant

Sing$ 97,590
2012 - 2013 A Needs Assessment for Capacity Building Among School Personnel in Behavioral Assessments and Interventions within SPED Schools in Singapore A Dutt, R Nair MOE, Singapore Project Grant Sing$ 18,000
2010 - 2014 Evaluation of caries risk assessment models among individuals undergoing multi-bracket therapy (fixed orthodontic appliance) R Nair, HCY Stephen, XB Li MOE, Singapore Project Grant Sing$ 70,737
2010 - 2014 The Impact of Oral Health on the Daily performance of Free Living Elderly Singaporeans – a Pilot Study R Yee, R Nair MOE, Singapore Project Grant Sing$ 174,045
  • Developed and directed undergraduate course for Evidence Based Dentistry from 2009 to 2015.
  • Developed and directed undergraduate course Oral Epidemiology from 2009 to 2015 for undergraduate students.
  • Developed and participated in undergraduate course for Cariology with emphasis on clinical prevention strategies and diagnostics (2008-2015).
  • Developed and conducted teaching of epidemiologic research design for dental post-graduates (2009-2014).
  • Conducted teaching related research projects, with one publication and a poster award (indicated above).
PhD Candidate
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