Meet the Director of Research & Development
Dr. Mark S. Putt
B.S. in Chemistry, M.S.D. in Preventive
Dentistry and Ph.D. in Odontology (Cariology)
Dr. Putt’s professional experience encompasses several decades of dental research and dental product development and testing in both academic (Indiana University School of Dentistry and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) and business (University Park Research Center) settings. He has conducted extensive in vitro and in vivo studies as well as human clinical trials with the oral health care product industry throughout the world. He has evaluated various chemotherapeutic agents, antimicrobials, surfactants, and sweeteners in a wide assortment of formulations and treatment modalities including dentifrices, mouthrinses, comestibles, chewing gums, manual and electric toothbrushes, dental floss and floss holders, delivery trays, and prophylaxis pastes and cups.
He has served as the Principal Investigator directing over 250 human clinical trials that have used a variety of study designs to examine treatment effects, safety, release rates, oral clearance and organoleptic properties. Investigations have involved dental plaque, calculus, gingivitis, gingival recession, periodontitis, dental caries, demineralization/remineralization, enamel polish, tooth abrasion/erosion, extrinsic/intrinsic stain, tooth whitening, and oral microbiology.
His publications include nearly 60 scientific articles in peer-reviewed dental journals, 11 U.S. Patents, and more than 100 presentations at dental research meetings and conferences.
His other professional activities include serving as a consultant for various oral care product companies and as a reviewer and editorial board member of several dental science journals.