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Department of Oral Health Sciences

Susan Reed

susan reed

 Susan Reed
 Associate Professor
 Department of Craniofacial Biology

Contact Information
MSC 507
173 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425-5070
Phone: 843-792-1577

BA, Wittenberg University – Springfield, OH
DDS, Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OH
MPH, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Residency, Dental Public Health, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
DrPH, Epidemiologyof Oral Diseases, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

Executive Council, American Association of Public Health Dentistry
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Public Health
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/National Institutes of Health Fellow in Oral Epidemiology
National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award in Clinical Research
South Carolina Area Health Education Centers Rural Dentist Program
Reviewer: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, Journal of Public Health Dentistry

Department of Craniofacial Biology, College of Dental Medicine
Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Medicine
Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Hollings Cancer Center

Research Interests
Oral Cancer Research

One of the most clinically challenging and debilitating consequences of ionizing radiotherapy for oral cavity, head and neck cancer is oral mucositis (OM). OM is an inflammation of the oral mucosa ranging from mild erythema to severe ulceration accompanied by pain and discomfort, leading to inability to tolerate food or fluids. OM affects the integrity of the oral tissues, setting the stage for infection by adventitious microorganisms. We hypothesize that an herbal mouthrinse may help to maintain oral health in patients undergoing radiotherapy to the head and neck.

Likewise the oral microbial environment may play a beneficial role in oral cancers by producing enzymes necessary to activate dietary flavonoids for tumor cell suppression. Ongoing research includes demonstration of the relationship of oral microbes, enzymes, dietary flavonoids and maintenance of oral health.

Vitamin D and Oral Health Research
Vitamin D plays an important role in human health. Insufficient levels of vitamin D are associated with gingival inflammation and periodontal disease. Ongoing research includes investigation of serum vitamin D levels and oral health in populations of pregnant women, their infants and in diabetics.

Recent Publications

Yuen H, Weng Y, Bandyopadhyay D, Reed S, Leite R, Silver R.  Effect of a multi-faceted intervention of gingival health among adults with systemic sclerosis.  Clinical Experimental Rheumatology 2011;  29 (2 Suppl 65): S26-32.  Epub 2011 May 12. 

Reed SG, Cartmell KB, Duffy NG, Herrin AE, Sinha D, Ezelle D, Hollinger A, Walters AL, Alberg AJ, Day TA. Oro-pharyngeal cancer preventive practices: a survey of dentists and physicians. Journal of Cancer Education 2010; 25(2):166-173.

Reed SG. Oral lichenoid lesions and not oral lichen planus have the character for malignant transformation to oral squamous cell carcinoma. [review] Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice 2008:8(4);238-239.

Cannick GF, Horowitz AM, Garr DR, Reed SG, Neville BW, Day TA, Woolson RF, Lackland DT. Oral cancer prevention and early detection: Using the PRECEDE-PROCEED framework to guide the training of health professional students. Journal of Cancer Education 2007;22(4);250-3.

Cannick GF, Horowitz AM, Garr DR, Reed SG, Neville BW, Day TA, Woolson RF, Lackland DT. Use of the OSCE to evaluate brief communication skills training for dental students. Journal of Dental Education 2007;71(9) 1203-9.

Cannick GF, Horowitz AM, Reed SG, Drury TF, Day TA. Attitudes of South Carolina Dental Students toward Tobacco Use Interventions. J Pub Health Dent 2006;66:44-48.

Yen KL, Horner MJD, Reed SG, Daquise VG, Bolick-Aldrich S, Young MRI, Day TA, Wood PA, Hebert JR. Head and neck cancer disparities in South Carolina: early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. Journal of the SC Medical Assoc. 2006;102:192-200.

Walle T, Browning, AM, Steed LL, Reed SG, Walle UK. Flavonoid glucosides are hydrolyzed and thus activated in the oral cavity in humans. Journal of Nutrition 2005;1:48-52.

Reed SG, Grijebovskaya Duffy N, Walters KC, Day TA. Oral cancer knowledge andexperience: a survey of South Carolina medical students in 2002. J Cancer Educ 2005;20:135.

Cannick GF, Drury TF, Horowitz AM, Reed SG, Day TA. Academic year as a determinant of oral cancer knowledge among South Carolina dental students. Journal of the American Dental Association 2005;136:373-378.

Reed SG. Inconclusive evidence to recommend prophylactic antibiotics to prevent complications following dental implant treatment. Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice 2004;4:210-1.