Dr Alexander John Morris

Alexander John Morris

School of Dentistry
Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health

Contact details

School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG

Dr Morris joined the University's School of Dentistry in 2017 as Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health having previously worked for Public Health England and the NHS as a consultant in Dental Public Health. He is also a part-time general dental practitioner.

Dr Morris is module lead for Dental Public Health in years 3-5, lead for outreach teaching and has research interests in the following areas:

  • Dental epidemiology
  • Dental services commissioning
  • Water fluoridation
  • Oral cancer
  • Management of performance concerns in primary care


  • DDS, University of Birmingham, 2007
  • Certificate of Accreditation in Dental Public Health, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, 1997
  • MCDH, University of Birmingham, 1993
  • Diploma in Dental Public Health,  Royal College of Surgeons  England, 1992
  • Fellowship in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, 1989
  • Fellowship in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, 1989
  • BDS, University of Birmingham, 1985


  • Dental Surgery BDS
  • Public Health and Epidemiology (yr2)
  • Disability Studies (yr2)
  • Dental public health (yr3-5)
  • Lead for Outreach teaching
  • Clinical practice

Postgraduate supervision

Water fluoridation impact
Dental fluorosis
Oral cancer

Other activities

  • Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, Public Health England
  • Chair of examiners panel for the dental public health Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination for the UK Royal Colleges
  • Academic Lead Trainer for dental public health in the West Midlands
  • General Dental Practitioner, Birmingham
  • External examiner for Sheffield, London and Peninsula universities


Recent publications


Ajay, K, Azevedo, LB, Haste, A, Morris, AJ, Giles, E, Gopu, BP, Subramanian, MP & Zohoori, FV 2023, 'App-based oral health promotion interventions on modifiable risk factors associated with early childhood caries: A systematic review', Frontiers in Oral Health, vol. 4, 1125070. https://doi.org/10.3389/froh.2023.1125070

Hearnshaw, S, Cockcroft, B, Rugg-Gunn, A, Morris, AJ, Lowry, RJ, Beal, J, Jacob, M & Johnson, J 2023, 'Comments on recent community water fluoridation studies', British Dental Journal, vol. 235, no. 8, pp. 639-641. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-023-6338-z

Roberts, DJ, Massey, V, Morris, J, Verlander, NQ, Saei, A, Young, N, Makhani, S, Wilcox, D, Davies, G, White, S, Leonardi, G, Fletcher, T & Newton, J 2022, 'The effect of community water fluoridation on dental caries in children and young people in England: an ecological study', Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdac066

Ravaghi, V, Durkan, C, Jones, K, Girdler, R, Mair-Jenkins, J, Davies, G, Wilcox, D, Dermont, M, White, S, Dailey, Y & Morris, AJ 2020, 'Area-level deprivation and oral cancer in England 2012-2016', Cancer Epidemiology, vol. 69, 101840. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2020.101840

Ravaghi, V, Rezaee, A, Pallan, M & Morris, J 2020, 'Childhood obesity and dental caries: an ecological investigation of the shape and moderators of the association', BMC oral health, vol. 20, no. 1, 338. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-020-01329-7

Salomon Ibarra, C, Rezaee, A, Morris, J & Ravaghi, V 2020, 'Deprivation and child dental attendance in England: exploring the shape and moderators', Community Dental Health, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 161–166. https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_00020Ravaghi06

Ravaghi, V, Salomon Ibarra, C & Morris, J 2020, 'Editorial - Child oral health; is there anything more to know?', Community Dental Health, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 108-109. https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_RavaghiJune20editorial02

Sofi-Mahmudi, A, Moradi, S, Salomon Ibarra, C, Morris, J & Ravaghi, V 2020, 'Greater child dental health inequality in England compared to Wales and Northern Ireland, despite lower average disease levels', Community Dental Health, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 138-142. https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_00007Ravaghi05

Ravaghi, V, Hargreaves, DS & Morris, J 2020, 'Persistent socioeconomic inequality in child dental caries in England despite equal attendance', JDR Clinical & Translational Research, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 185-194. https://doi.org/10.1177/2380084419872136

Roberts, DJ, Morris, J, Wood, A, Verlander, NQ, Leonardi, GS & Fletcher, T 2020, 'Use of public water supply fluoride concentration as an indicator of population exposure to fluoride in England 1995-2015', Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, vol. 192, no. 8, 514. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-020-08304-3

Hong, B, Morris, A & Dietrich, T 2019, 'Frequency, variation and cost of dental extractions for adults in secondary care in Great Britain', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 9, pp. 679–686. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0262-2

Ravaghi, V, Al-Hammadi, Z, Landes, D, Hill, K & Morris, A 2019, 'Inequalities in orthodontic outcomes in England: treatment utilisation, subjective and normative need', Community Dental Health, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 198–202. https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_4551Ravaghi05

Salomon Ibarra, C, Ravaghi, V, Hill, K, Jones, CM, Landes, D & Morris, A 2019, 'Low rates of dental attendance by the age of one and inequality between local government administrative areas in England', Community Dental Health, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 22–26. https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_4390Salomon-Ibarra05

Ravaghi, V & Morris, A 2019, 'Socioeconomic Variation in the association between Malocclusion and Oral Health Related Quality of Life', Community Dental Health, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 17-21.

Bradbury-Jones, C, Isham, L, Morris, A & Taylor, J 2019, 'The “neglected” relationship between child maltreatment and oral health? an international scoping review of research', Trauma, Violence and Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838019841598

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