Dr. Sharat Pani, BDS, MDS


Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
Office: DSB 1012
Phone: 519.661.2111 x87443
Email: spani@uwo.ca    






Research Cluster 

Research Interests 

  • Population Oral Health
  • Behaviour Science in Dentistry
  • Clinical Paediatric Dentistry
  • Special Care Dentistry


Dr. Sharat Pani is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications in the field of clinical pediatric dentistry. His research interests center around the biopsychosocial model of disease and seek to combine the fields of epidemiology, behaviour sciences and clinical pediatric dentistry. A paediatric and preventive dentist who has attempted to view the oral health though the lens of a biopsychosocial approach he has worked with with oral health care teams across Canada in studying oral health iniquities (including those brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic).Dr. Pani collaborates with research teams in Europe and the Middle-East looking into the analysis of epidemiological data as well as the geographic implications of oral health inequalities and oral health related quality of life.

He is a member of the advisory council to the chief dental officer of Canada and is part of a team seeking to establish the epidemiological extent of oral disease across Canada. Dr. Pani is a reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education, the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, Special Care in Dentistry among several others. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health and has authored several papers on the oral health of individuals with special health care needs.

Opportunities for DDS Students

  • Interested candidates should send an inquiry e-mail along with their CV to spani@uwo.ca 

Select Publications

  • AlShammery, D. A., AlShuruf, A. M., AlQhtani, N., & Pani, S. C. (2021). The Relationship between Dentofacial Vertical Pattern and Bite Force Distribution among Children in Late Mixed Dentition. Applied Sciences, 11(21), 10140. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112110140  
  • Podskalniy, V. A., Pani, S. C., Lee, J., Vieira, L. A. C., & Perinpanayagam, H. (2021). Neighborhood Contexts and Oral Health Outcomes in a Pediatric Population: An Exploratory Study. Children, 8(8), 653. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080653 
  • Alhissan AS, Pani SC. Factors Influencing the Survival of Preformed Zirconia Crowns in Children Treated under General Anesthesia. International Journal of Dentistry, vol. 2021, Article ID 5515383, 5 pages, 2021.
  • Pani S. C. (2021).Taking dental education online – A path to effective blended learning and learner equity. Saudi Journal of Oral Science. Available from: https://www.saudijos.org/text.asp?2021/8/1/1/313923 
  • Mubaraki, S., Pani, S., Alseraihy, A., Abed, H., & Alkhayal, Z. (2020). The efficacy of two different oral hygiene regimens on the incidence and severity of oral mucositis in pediatric patients receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A prospective interventional study. Special Care in Dentistry, 40(6), 566–573. https://doi.org/10.1111/scd.12525
  • Pani, S. C., & Vieira, L. A. C. (2020). Integrating online learning management systems to dental simulation clinics—An example of blended learning in pediatric dentistry. Journal of Dental Education. https://doi.org/10.1002/jdd.12381
  • Pani, S. C., AlKaoud, R., AlMoqbel, G., AlMeshrafi, A., Binateeq, S., & Sonbol, S. (2020). Pattern of dental treatment of children under outpatient general anesthesia in children: A 6-year retrospective study in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Journal of Oral Sciences, 7(2), 80-84.
  • Pani, S. C., AlEidan, S. F., AlMutairi, R. N., AlAbsi, A. A., AlMuhaidib, D.N, AlSulaiman, H.F., & AlFraih, N.W. (2020). The impact of gross motor function on the oral health-related quality of life in young adults with cerebral palsy in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Dentistry, 2020. 4590509–6. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/4590509
  • AlAnazi, F. N., AlHayyan, W. A., & Pani, S. C. (2020). Impact of presurgical nasoalveolar molding on the parental perceptions of oral health-related quality of life of children with cleft lip and palate. The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 21, 152-55.
  • Assery, M., Albusaily, H., Pani, S., & Aldossary, M. (2020). Bite force and occlusal patterns in the mixed dentition of children with down syndrome. Journal of Prosthodontics, 29(6), 472–478. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopr.13186
  • AlMutairi, F., Pani, S., Alrobaie, F., & Ingle, N. (2020). Relationship between type-I diabetes mellitus and oral health status and oral health-related quality of life among children of Saudi Arabia. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 9(2), 647–651. https://doi.org/10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1160_19
  • Barry, M. J., Almotawah, F., Pani, S. C., & Ingle, N. A. (2020). A comparison of salivary mercury levels in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder when compared to age-matched controls: A case-control observational study. The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 21(2), 129-132.
  • AlMaummar, M., AlThabit, H., & Pani, S. (2019). The impact of dental treatment and age on salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase levels of patients with varying degrees of dental anxiety. BMC Oral Health, 19(1), 211–211. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-019-0901-7
  • Al-Rafee, M., AlShammery, A., AlRumikan, A., & Pani, S. (2019). A comparison of dental caries in urban and rural children of the Riyadh region of Saudi Arabia. Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 195–195. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00195
  • AlShaya, M., Assery, M., & Pani, S. (2018). Reliability of mobile phone teledentistry in dental diagnosis and treatment planning in mixed dentition. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 26(1-2), 45–52. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X18793767
  • Pani, S. C. (2018). The relationship between salivary total antioxidant capacity and dental caries in children: A meta-analysis with assessment of moderators. Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, 8(5), 381–385. https://doi.org/10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_203_18
  • AlAnazi, G., Pani, S., & AlKabbaz, H. (2018). Salivary antioxidant capacity of children with severe early childhood caries before and after complete dental rehabilitation. Archives of Oral Biology, 95, 165–169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archoralbio.2018.08.002
  • Alhayyan, W., Pani, S., & AlQatami, F. (2018). Birth prevalence of orofacial clefts in Kuwait from hospital-based registration: retrospective study. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 55(10), 1450–1455. https://doi.org/10.1177/1055665618766059
  • AlHayyan, W., Pani, S., AlJohar, A., & AlQatami, F. (2018). The effects of presurgical nasoalveolar molding on the midface symmetry of children with unilateral cleft lip and palate: a long-term follow-up study. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open, 6(7), e1764–e1764. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000001764
  • Alshareef, A., Alkhuriaf, A., & Pani, S. (2017). An evaluation of bite pattern in children with severe-early childhood caries before and after complete dental rehabilitation. Pediatric Dentistry, 39(7), 455–459.
  • Alnemer, K., Pani, S., Althubaiti, A., & Bawazeer, M. (2017). Impact of birth characteristics, breast feeding and vital statistics on the eruption of primary teeth among healthy infants in Saudi Arabia: an observational study. BMJ Open, 7(12), e018621–e018621. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018621
  • Pani S. C., Al-Sibai S. A., Rao A. S., Kazimoglu S. N., Mosadomi H. A. (2017). Parental perception of oral health-related quality of life of Syrian refugee children. Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, 7(4), 191–196. https://doi.org/10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_212_17
  • AlKlayb, S., Assery, M., AlQahtani, A., AlAnazi, M., & Pani, S. (2017). Comparison of the effectiveness of a mobile phone-based education program in educating mothers as oral health providers in two regions of Saudi Arabia. Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, 7(3), 110–115. https://doi.org/10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_95_17
  • Pani, S. C., AlAnazi, G. S., AlBaragash, A., & AlMosaihel, M. (2016). Objective assessment of the influence of the parental presence on the fear and behavior of anxious children during their first restorative dental visit. Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, 6(8), S148–S152. https://doi.org/10.4103/2231-0762.189750
  • Pani, S. C., Saffan, A. A., AlHobail, S., Bin Salem, F., AlFuraih, A., & AlTamimi, M. (2016). Esthetic concerns and acceptability of treatment modalities in primary teeth: a comparison between children and their parents. International Journal of Dentistry, 2016, 3163904–3163905. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/3163904
  • Pani, S., Al Khabbaz, H., Bin Enayeg, S., & Bin Zouman, A. (2017). The relationship between examination‐related academic stress, salivary antioxidant capacity and exercise patterns of final‐year Saudi dental students. European Journal of Dental Education, 21(4), e83–e88. https://doi.org/10.1111/eje.12225
  • Pani, S. C., Dimashkieh, M., Mojaleed, F., & Al Shammery, F. (2015). The role of an occlusal template during the placement of preformed metal crowns in children under general anaesthesia: a randomised control trial. European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry, 16(6), 461–466. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40368-015-0199-3
  • Pani, S. C., Alenazi, F.M., Alotain, A. M., Alanazi, H. D, Alasmari, A. S. (2015). Extrinsic tooth staining potential of high dose and sustained release iron syrups on primary teeth. BMC Oral Health. 4(15), 90. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-015-0072-0