Livia Tenuta

Associate Professor of Dentistry


Cariology, Restorative Sciences & Endodontics


DENT Cariology Restor Sci & Endo 5223 DENT Ann Arbor MI 48109-1078




Livia Tenuta is Associate Professor at the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She received her Doctorate of Dental Science (DDS) degree in 1997 from the University of Sao Paulo (Bauru, Brazil, graduating with honors at the top of her class), followed by a master's degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the same University (2001) and a doctorate degree in Cariology from the University of Campinas (Piracicaba, Brazil, 2005), where she was an Associate Professor before joining the University of Michigan. Dr. Tenuta received the IADR Basil Bibby Award for research in Cariology, and has been involved in leadership roles in the IADR (president of the IADR Cariology Group, 2011-12), the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) (member of the board, 2013-2020; membership secretary and webmaster, 2015-20), and the American Academy of Cariology (pillar chair). Her research interests include the role of fluoride in caries prevention, dental biofilm cariogenicity, caries control in older populations, and the use of data to improve caries outcomes. She is currently working on new strategies to enhance the anticaries effect of fluoride and to reduce the oral health burden of hyposalivation. Dr. Tenuta has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles on dental biofilm cariogenicity and the role of fluoride in caries prevention.