Anderson T. Hara, DDS, MSD, PhD

Anderson T. Hara, DDS, MSD, PhD
Anderson T. Hara, DDS, MSD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Associate Director, Oral Health Research Institute (OHRI)
Director, OHRI Lab Research Core and Testing Facility

Contact Info

Phone  (317) 278-0577
Fax       (317) 274-5425

Office Address

Indiana University School of Dentistry 
Oral Health Research Institute 
415 Lansing St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-2876


Anderson T. Hara, DDS, MSD, PhD holds the position of Associate Professor, Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health at the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). He serves as Director of the OHRI Laboratory Research Core/Facility, the OHRI Laboratory Contract Testing Program and the Digital Electron Microscopy Facility. Dr. Hara also directs the OHRI Dental Erosion-Abrasion Program. Dr. Hara is originally from Brazil where he received his Dental, Master and PhD degrees from the School of Dentistry of Piracicaba at the State University of Campinas. His research activities in dentistry started in 1996, when as an undergraduate student he was awarded with his first research scholarship. He received his Dental degree in 1997 and his MSD in 2001, being accepted months later as a PhD student at the same University. In 2003, he was a research scholar at the OHRI/IUSD, in a "PhD sandwich program". In 2004, back in Brazil, he defended his PhD thesis. In 2005, he returned to the Indiana University as a post-doctoral fellow and in 2006 Dr. Hara joined the faculty at the OHRI/IUSD as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 2009, he accepted the positions of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and Director of the OHRI Laboratory Research Core/Facility and Director of the OHRI Laboratory Contract Testing Program. He has published more than 50 research articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and has obtained substantial external funding for in vitro testing and research and development projects. Currently, he is involved in research projects related to Dental Erosion-Abrasion, Remineralization and Secondary Caries.


Scaramucci T, Hara AT, Zero DT, Ferreira SS, Aoki IV, Sobral MA. In vitro evaluation of the erosive potential of orange juice modified by food additives in enamel and dentine. J Dent. 2011 Sep 16.

Schlueter N, Hara AT, Shellis RP, Ganss C. Methods for the measurement and characterization of erosion in enamel and dentine. Caries Res. 2011;45 Suppl 1:13-23.

Yassen GH, Platt JA, Hara AT. Bovine teeth as substitute for human teeth in dental research: a review of literature. J Oral Sci. 2011;53(3):273-82.

Pavan S, Xie Q, Hara AT, Bedran-Russo AK. Biomimetic Approach for Root Caries Prevention Using a Proanthocyanidin-Rich Agent. Caries Res. 2011 Aug 23;45(5):443-447.

Lippert F, Lynch RJ, Eckert GJ, Kelly SA, Hara AT, Zero DT. In situ Fluoride Response of Caries Lesions with Different Mineral Distributions at Baseline. Caries Res. 2011 Feb 3;45(1):47-55.

Steiner-Oliveira C, Rodrigues LKA, Zanin ICJ, Carvalho CL, Kamiya RU, Hara AT, Nobre dos Santos M. An in vitro microbial model associated with sucrose to produce dentin caries lesions. Cent Eur J Biol. 2011 (1):1-8.

Steiner-Oliveira C, Rodrigues LKA, Parisotto TM, Sousa e Silva CM, Hara AT, Nobre dos Santos M. CO2 laser and fluoride on the inhibition of root caries - an in vitro microbial model. Laser Physics. 2010 20(9):1–6.

Turssi CP, Messias DC, Hara AT, Hughes N, Garcia-Godoy F. Brushing abrasion of dentin: effect of diluent and dilution rate of toothpaste. Am J Dent. 2010 Oct;23(5):247-50.

Messias DC, Turssi CP, Hara AT, Serra MC. Sodium bicarbonate solution as an anti-erosive agent against simulated endogenous erosion. Eur J Oral Sci. 2010 Aug;118(4):385-8.

Engle K, Hara AT, Matis B, Eckert GJ, Zero DT. Erosion and abrasion of enamel and dentin associated with at-home bleaching: an in vitro study. J Am Dent Assoc. 2010 May;141(5):546-51.

Steiner-Oliveira C, Nobre-dos-Santos M, Zero DT, Eckert G, Hara AT. Effect of a pulsed CO2 laser and fluoride on the prevention of enamel and dentine erosion. Arch Oral Biol. 2010 Feb;55(2):127-33.

Hara AT, González-Cabezas C, Creeth J, Parmar M, Eckert GJ, Zero DT. Interplay between fluoride and abrasivity of dentifrices on dental erosion-abrasion. J Dent. 2009 Oct;37(10):781-5.

Hara AT, Kelly SA, González-Cabezas C, Eckert GJ, Barlow AP, Mason SC, Zero DT. Influence of fluoride availability of dentifrices on eroded enamel remineralization in situ. Caries Res. 2009;43(1):57-63.

Hughes N, Mason S, Creeth J, Parmar M, Hara AT, González-Cabezas C. The effect of anti-sensitivity dentifrices on brushing abrasion of eroded dentin in vitro. J Clin Dent. 2008;19(4):143-146.

Hara AT, González-Cabezas C, Creeth J, Zero DT. The effect of human saliva substitutes in an erosion-abrasion cycling model. Eur J Oral Sci. 2008;116(6):552-556.

Queiroz CS, Hara AT, Paes Leme AF, Cury JA. pH-cycling models to evaluate the effect of low fluoride dentifrice on enamel de- and remineralization. Braz Dent J. 2008;19(1):21-7. 

Hara AT, Zero DT. Analysis of the erosive potential of calcium-containing acidic beverages. Eur J Oral Sci. 2008;116:1-6. 

Hara AT, Karlinsey RL, Zero DT. Dentine remineralisation by simulated saliva formulations with different Ca and P(i) contents. Caries Res. 2008;42(1):51-56. 

Turssi CP, Hara AT, Domiciano SJ, Serra MC. Study on the potential inhibition of root dentine wear adjacent to fluoride-containing restorations. J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2008;19:47-51. 

Zero DT, Hara AT, Kelly SA, Gonzalez-Cabezas C, Eckert GJ, Barlow AP, Mason SC. Evaluation of a desensitizing test dentifrice using an in situ erosion remineralization model. J Clin Dent. 2006;17(4):112-6. 

Hara AT, Turssi CP, Ando M, González-Cabezas C, Zero DT, Rodrigues Jr AL, Serra MC, Cury JA. Influence of fluoride-releasing restorative material on root dentine secondary caries in situ. Caries Res. 2006;40(5):435-9. 

Hara AT, Ando M, González-Cabezas C, Cury JA, Serra MC, Zero DT. Protective effect of the pellicle against erosive challenges in situ. J Dent Res. 2006 Jul 85(7):612-6. 

Karlinsey RL, Hara AT, Yi K, Duhn CW. Bioactivity of novel self-assembled crystalline Nb2O5 microstructures in simulated and human salivas. Biomed Mater. 2006 Jan 1:16-23. 

Goncalves NC, Del Bel Cury AA, Simoes GS, Hara AT, Rosalen PL, Cury JA. Effect of xylitol:sorbitol on fluoride enamel demineralization reduction in situ. J Dent. 2006 Jan 23; [Epub ahead of print] 

Rodrigues JA, Marchi GM, Serra MC, Hara AT. Visual evaluation of in vitro cariostatic effect of restorative materials associated with dentifrices. Braz Dent J. 2005 16(2):112-8. 

Turssi CP, Messias DC, de Menezes M, Hara AT, Serra MC. Role of dentifrices on abrasion of enamel exposed to an acidic drink. Am J Dent. 2005 Aug;18(4):251-5. 

Hara AT, Queiroz CS, Freitas PM, Giannini M, Serra MC, Cury JA. Fluoride release and secondary caries inhibition by adhesive systems on root dentine. Eur J Oral Sci. 2005 Jun;113(3):245-50. 

Hara AT, Ando M, Cury JA, Serra MC, Gonzalez-Cabezas C, Zero DT. Influence of the organic matrix on root dentine erosion by citric acid. Caries Res. 2005 Mar-Apr;39(2):134-8. 

de Freitas PM, Turssi CP, Hara AT, Serra MC. Monitoring of demineralized dentin microhardness throughout and after bleaching. Am J Dent. 2004 Oct;17(5):342-6. 

Teixeira EC, Turssi CP, Hara AT, Serra MC. Influence of post-bleaching time intervals on dentin bond strength. Pesqui Odontol Bras. 2004 Jan-Mar;18(1):75-9. Epub 2004 Jul 20. 

De Menezes M, Turssi CP, Hara AT, Messias DC, Serra MC. Abrasion of eroded root dentine brushed with different toothpastes. Clin Oral Investig. 2004 Sep;8(3):151-5. Epub 2004 May 14. 

de Freitas PM, Turssi CP, Hara AT, Serra MC. Dentin microhardness during and after whitening treatments. Quintessence Int. 2004 May;35(5):411-7. 

Teixeira EC, Hara AT, Serra MC. Use of 37% carbamide peroxide in the walking bleach technique: a case report. Quintessence Int. 2004 Feb;35(2):97-102. 

Hara AT, Queiroz CS, Giannini M, Cury JA, Serra MC. Influence of the mineral content and morphological pattern of artificial root caries lesion on composite resin bond strength. Eur J Oral Sci. 2004 Feb;112(1):67-72. 

Teixeira EC, Hara AT, Turssi CP, Serra MC. Effect of non-vital tooth bleaching on microleakage of coronal access restorations. J Oral Rehabil. 2003 Nov;30(11):1123-7. 

Hara AT, Turssi CP, Teixeira EC, Serra MC, Cury JA. Abrasive wear on eroded root dentine after different periods of exposure to saliva in situ. Eur J Oral Sci. 2003 Oct;111(5):423-7. 

Hara AT, Queiroz CS, Paes Leme AF, Serra MC, Cury JA. Caries progression and inhibition in human and bovine root dentine in situ. Caries Res. 2003 Sep-Oct;37(5):339-44. 

Turssi CP, Hara AT, de Magalhaes CS, Serra MC, Rodrigues AL Jr. Influence of storage regime prior to abrasion on surface topography of restorative materials. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2003 May 15;65(2):227-32. 

Teixeira EC, Hara AT, Turssi CP, Serra MC. Effect of nonvital tooth bleaching on resin/enamel shear bond strength. J Adhes Dent. 2002 Winter;4(4):317-22. 

Hara AT, Magalhaes CS, Serra MC, Rodrigues AL Jr. Cariostatic effect of fluoride-containing restorative systems associated with dentifrices on root dentin. J Dent. 2002 Jul-Aug;30(5-6):205-12. 

Turssi CP, Hara AT, Serra MC, Rodrigues AL Jr. Effect of storage media upon the surface micromorphology of resin-based restorative materials. J Oral Rehabil. 2002 Sep;29(9):864-71. 

Hara AT, Turssi CP, Serra MC, Nogueira MC. Extent of the cariostatic effect on root dentin provided by fluoride-containing restorative materials. Oper Dent. 2002 Sep-Oct;27(5):480-7. 

Hara AT, Serra MC, Haiter-Neto F, Rodrigues AL Jr. Radiopacity of esthetic restorative materials compared with human tooth structure. Am J Dent. 2001 Dec;14(6):383-6. 

Amaral CM, Hara AT, Pimenta LA, Rodrigues AL Jr. Microleakage of hydrophilic adhesive systems in Class V composite restorations. Am J Dent. 2001 Feb;14(1):31-3. 

Hara AT, Serra MC, Rodrigues Junior AL. Radiopacity of glass-ionomer/composite resin hybrid materials. Braz Dent J. 2001;12(2):85-9. 

Hara AT, Pimenta LA, Rodrigues AL Jr. Influence of cross-head speed on resin-dentin shear bond strength. Dent Mater. 2001 Mar;17(2):165-9. 

de Castro AK, Hara AT, Pimenta LA. Influence of collagen removal on shear bond strength of one-bottle adhesive systems in dentin. J Adhes Dent. 2000 Winter;2(4):271-7. 

Hara AT, Pimenta LA. Nonvital tooth bleaching: a 2-year case report. Quintessence Int. 1999 Nov;30(11):748-54. 

Hara AT, Amaral CM, Pimenta LA, Sinhoreti MA. Shear bond strength of hydrophilic adhesive systems to enamel. Am J Dent. 1999 Aug;12(4):181-4. 

Book Chapter

Hara AT, Zero DT. The caries environment: saliva, pellicle, diet, and hard tissue ultrastructure. Dent Clin North Am. 2010 Jul;54(3):455-67. 

Hara AT, Lussi A, Zero DT. Biological factors. in Dental Erosion from Diagnosis to Therapy. Ed. A. Lussi, Monogr Oral Sci. 2006 20:88-99.  



Dr. Hara research interests are related to the understanding and clinical management of Dental Erosion-Abrasion, with emphasis on preventive and minimal invasive therapeutic measures. He also has interest in the areas of Dental Remineralization and Secondary Caries