Dr Vahid Ravaghi DDS, MSc, PhD

Dr Vahid Ravaghi

School of Dentistry
Lecturer in Dental Public Health

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Vahid Ravaghi is a Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry in the Institute of Clinical Sciences. He leads the module of Public Health and Epidemiology and teaches both dental and dental hygiene students.

His research is focused on two main areas: global oral health and health inequalities. He is currently working on a funded project aiming to strengthen dental care in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).



  • PhD in Health Inequalities, Bart and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, England (2010)
  • MSc in Dental Public Health, Bart and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, England (2007)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran (2003)


Postgraduate supervision

Dr Ravaghi is interested in supervising PhD projects related to dental public health. He is especially interested in supervising PhD students who want to study:

- dental health and dental care in low- and middle-income countries.
- oral health inequalities and social determinates of oral health.

Other activities

Assistant Professor (Status-only), University of Toronto, Canada


Recent publications


Ashtiani, GH, Sabbagh, S, Moradi, S, Azimi, S & Ravaghi, V 2024, 'Diagnostic accuracy of tele‐dentistry in screening children for dental caries by community health workers in a lower‐middle‐income country', International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. https://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.13157

Al-Hammadi, Z, Ravaghi, V, Hill, K & Morris, AJ 2023, 'Area-level inequalities in the provision of NHS orthodontic care in England from 2016 to 2019', British Dental Journal. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-023-6273-z

Pallan, M, Murphy, M, Morrison, B, Pokhilenko, I, Sitch, A, Frew, E, Rawdin, C, Adams, R, Adamson, A, Bartington, S, Dobell, A, Duff, R, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, McLeman, L, Passmore, S, Ravaghi, V, Spence, S & Adab, P 2023, 'School food policy in secondary schools in England and its impact on adolescents’ diets and dental health: the FUEL multiple-methods study', NIHR Journals Library.

Abdelrehim, M, Ravaghi, V, Quiñonez, C, Singhal, S & Ghasemi, H (ed.) 2023, 'Trends in self-reported cost barriers to dental care in Ontario', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 7, e0280370. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0280370

Chari, M, Ravaghi, V, Sabbah, W, Gomaa, N, Singhal, S & Quinonez, C 2022, 'Oral health inequality in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom', PLOS One, vol. 17, no. 5, e0268006. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0268006

Moradi, S, Sabbagh, S, Timms, L & Ravaghi, V 2021, 'Teaching minimally invasive interventions in paediatric dentistry: a cross-sectional survey of dental schools in Iran', BMC oral health, vol. 21, no. 1, 368. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-021-01735-5

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

Fang, C, Aldossri, M, Farmer, J, Gomaa, N, Quiñonez, C & Ravaghi, V 2020, 'Changes in income-related inequalities in oral health status in Ontario, Canada', Community Dentistry And Oral Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdoe.12582

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

Virdee, S, Ravaghi, V, Camilleri, J, Cooper, P & Tomson, P 2020, 'Current trends in endodontic irrigation amongst general dental practitioners and dental schools within the United Kingdom and Ireland: a cross-sectional survey', British Dental Journal. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-1984-x

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 & Kazemian, A 2022, 'Rethinking dental care in Iran', Journal of Oral Health and Oral Epidemiology, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.22122/JOHOE.2022.197262.1462

Review article

Sabbagh, S, Mohammadi-Nasrabadi, F, Ravaghi, V, Azadi Mood, K, Sarraf Shirazi, A, Abedi, A-S & Noorollahian, H 2023, 'Food Insecurity and Dental Caries Prevalence in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis', International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 346-363. https://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.13041

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