Professor David John Manton graduated with a BDSc in 1984 from the University of Melbourne and worked in general practice until 1991 when he undertook an MDSc in Paediatric Dentistry. He was dental advisor to the Federal Government from 1994 – 1996 and won the KG Sutherland Prize of the RACDS in 2007. Professor Manton is currently the Elsdon Storey Chair of Child Dental Health and heads the section of Growth and Development at The University of Melbourne. He is involved in several collaborative and postgraduate research projects in both paediatric dentistry and orthodontics. He is on the editorial boards of the European Archives on Paediatric Dentistry and the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, and the advisory panel of ORCA.
David has spoken throughout Australia, Asia and Europe and has wide ranging experience in laboratory and clinical trials of CPP-ACP, Minimum Intervention Dentistry and the detection of caries. He has published more than 80 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and his interests are in all aspects of cariology, enamel de- and remineralisation, minimal intervention dentistry, teledentistry, and molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH).
Caries process and its biological determinants
Dental caries, as a process, is a behaviourally moderated, dietary driven microbial disease that affects the majority of the population. The process involves a cycle of de- and remineralisation due to organic acids formed in the biofilm attached to the tooth surface from metabolism of fermentable carbohydrates, resulting initially in the outcome of the process, a white spot lesion, which may progress to a cavitated lesion if the environment favours demineralisation. Dental caries is also modulated by factors such as saliva and tooth structure quality, genetic/epigenetic factors, oral hygiene practices and other behavioural and socio-economic factors.