Dr. Campbell’s Research

Research interests

Dentoalveolar trauma in the primary and young permanent dentition; caries management approaches for early childhood caries and molar-incisor hypomineralization; access-to-care issues for children with special health care needs; patient assessment, pharmacological and non-pharmacological behaviour needs; patient assessment, pharmacological and non-pharmacological behaviour guidance in children and adolescents.

By nature, the specialty of pediatric dentistry encompasses virtually all disciplines within dentistry. Therefore, it follows that research within the specialty of pediatric dentistry will encompass a wide variety of topics. My primary research interests at this time are centered upon what I perceive to be current clinical management issues that arise in day-to-day specialty practice, not only here in the province of BC, but beyond:

  1. How can we best manage the emergent traumatic injury clinically as well as manage the long-term consequences of these injuries;
  2. Is there an acceptable protocol that can effectively stabilize early childhood caries (ECC) for those young or special needs children that may experience a delay in receiving definitive treatment?
  3. Are there specific access-to-care barriers and unmet dental needs of the children with special health care needs (CSHCN) population in BC, and can we improve the level of care that these children receive?
  4. Would a more in-depth pre-operative assessment of factors influencing child temperament, genetic traits, ethnicity and parenting style improve our success with the use of sedation adjuncts for the delivery of dental treatment to the pediatric patient?

I am currently in the process of launching pilot investigations in the areas of caries management of ECC and access to care for CSHCN at BC Children’s Hospital. Based on the outcomes of these pilot studies, I will be modifying and/or expanding these projects. I am also looking forward to developing further investigations in my other areas of interest in the upcoming year.

Recent Publications

  1. Campbell KM, Casas MJ, Kenny DJ, Chau T (2005). Diagnosis of ankylosis in permanent incisors by expert ratings, Periotest® and digital sound wave analysis. Dental Traumatol 21:206-212.
  2. Campbell KM, Casas MJ, Kenny DJ (2005). Ankylosis of traumatized incisors: pathogenesis and current approaches to diagnosis and management. J Can Dent Assoc 71:763-768.
  3. Campbell KM, Casas MJ, Kenny DJ (2007). Development of ankylosis in permanent incisors following delayed replantation and severe intrusion. Dent Traumatol 23:162-166.
  4. Campbell KM (2009). Are there special considerations for ‘minimal sedation’ in pediatric dentistry? Point of Care Article. J Can Dent Assoc 75:366-367.