Youngha Song

Youngha Song

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am a PhD candidate at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, Adelaide Dental School. Having been serving dental practices for 6 years in Korea and 4 years in Australia as a dentist, the aptitude for my career has been found lying on social and community dentistry drawn by research rather than clinical excellence. My field of interest is to build up more trustful relationships between dentists and patients for better oral health outcomes beyond the conventional scope of the provision of clinical dental service.

Dentist-patient relationships and oral health outcomes

Despite the importance of trust in physician-patient relationships, empirical findings have not been established sufficiently to understand trust in dentist-patient relationships (DPR) compared to that in medicine. Considering the gap between known theories and unexplored pragmatic evidence, trust in DPR is to be investigated for solid bases on translational applications. Based on the priority of outlining and analysing primary data, patients’ trust in dentists will be studied with regard to oral health outcomes as the main subject. A scoping/mapping review, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, and a systematic review will try to fill the gap for better trust in DPR.

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  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Korean Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2018 University of Sydney Australia Master of Public Health
    2006 - 2010 Seoul National University South Korea Doctor of Dental Surgery
    1996 - 2003 Yonsei University South Korea Bachelor of Science
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2015 Dentist Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Australia
    2010 Dentist Ministry of Health and Welfare Republic of Korea
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Du, M., Haag, D., Song, Y., Lynch, J., & Mittinty, M. (2020). Examining Bias and Reporting in Oral Health Prediction Modeling Studies.. J Dent Res, 22034520903725.
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    2020 Song, Y., Luzzi, L., & Brennan, D. S. (2020). Trust in dentist-patient relationships: mapping the relevant concepts.. European journal of oral sciences.
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    2020 Song, Y., Luzzi, L., Chrisopoulos, S., & Brennan, D. (2020). Dentist-patient relationships and oral health impact in Australian adults. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.
    2019 Song, Y. (2019). Examinations for overseas-trained dentists in Australia and the UK: formative and summative feedback. British Dental Journal, 226(11), 833-836.
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    2019 Santiago, P., Song, Y., Hanna, K., & Nair, R. (2019). Degrees of xerostomia? A Rasch analysis of the Xerostomia Inventory. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 48(1), 63-71.
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