The 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2012)

Session 40. Advances in understanding oral health present and past: Interdisciplinary insights on sex and gender differences. Co-sponsored by the AAPA/Dental Anthropology Association. Invited Podium Symposium. Chair: John R. Lukacs, Stefanie L. Russell, and Alexandre Vieira

Saturday Afternoon, Galleria South Add to calendar

Anthropologists study dental diseases in ancient people to better understand food preparation methods and dietary patterns through time with the goal of uncovering important differences in behavior by sex, subsistence, and social status. Inter-disciplinary collaboration in the study of oral health is critical to advancements in understanding the complex genetic, environmental and cultural causes of dental diseases in populations past and present.

This symposium is designed to foster the interdisciplinary exchange of current research in dentistry,epidemiology, and biological anthropology. Advances in the genetics of dental caries and epidemiology of oral pathology will be presented together with new approaches to the diagnosis of dental disease in prehistory and the interpretation of variation in oral health in ancient societies. This symposium is unprecedented in the range of disciplines participating and the potential for significant interchange of ideas and insights.

1:00-1:15 Add to calendar Genetics of caries. Alexandre R. Vieira.
1:15-1:30 Add to calendar Caries in the primary and permanent dentitions. Mary L. Marazita, John R. Shaffer, Eleanor Feingold, Xiaojing Wang, Steven M. Levy.
1:30-1:45 Add to calendar Twin brothers and sisters. Do they all floss?. Walter Bretz.
1:45-2:00 Add to calendar Genetic association of taste receptor pathways, caries and gender variations. Steven K. Wendell, Xiaojing Wang, Melissa Brown, Rebecca S. DeSensi, Robert J. Weyant, Richard Crout, Daniel W. McNeil, Mary L. Marazita.
2:00-2:15 Add to calendar Is motherhood bad for oral health? Effects of parity on periodontal disease, caries and tooth loss in US women. Stefanie L. Russell.
2:15-2:30 Add to calendar *PRESENTATION WITHDRAWN* The relationship between height and dental caries – a life course perspective. Belinda F. Nicolau.
2:30-2:45 Add to calendar Relationships of gender and socioeconomic status with dental caries and early childhood malnutrition in Haitian children. Walter J. Psoter.
2:45-3:00 Add to calendar Sex differences in carious lesions in modern Maya populations: food consumption or else?. Elma M. Vega Lizama, Andrea Cucina.
3:00-3:15 Add to calendar Meta-analyses reveal direction and timing of sex and gender differences in oral health. John R. Lukacs.
3:30-3:45 Add to calendar Sex differences in periodontal disease and caries in a Portuguese identified skeletal sample from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sofia N. Wasterlain.
3:45-4:00 Add to calendar Male-female oral health differences in early Chinese communities. Ekaterina Pechenkina, Wenquan Fan, Xiaolin Ma.
4:00-4:15 Add to calendar Interpreting sex differences in dental caries among prehistoric Late/Final Jomon period people from Japan: regional perspectives on dietary variation and reproductive ecology. Matthew T. Kerr, Daniel H. Temple.
4:15-4:30 Add to calendar *PRESENTATION WITHDRAWN* The aetiology of oral disease: a differential diagnosis based on the mainland Southeast Asian experience. Marc F. Oxenham, Anna Willis.
4:30-4:45 Add to calendar Predictors of death: A life-history approach for understanding oral health patterns during the late prehistoric period in the Eastern Woodlands. Jeremy J. Wilson.
4:45-5:00 Add to calendar The interaction of reproductive physiology and biocultural ecology: a comparison of prehistoric oral pathology in two American deserts. James T. Watson.
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