Richard D. Jackson, DMD

Richard D. Jackson, DMD
Richard D. Jackson, DMD

Associate Professor
Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health

Contact Info

Phone   (317) 274-8822
(317) 274-5425

Office Address

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


Richard Jackson, DMD holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). Dr. Jackson received his dental degree from the University of Louisville in 1979 and his certification as a Pediatric Dentist through the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1981. After certification, Dr Jackson joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Dentistry as a Research Associate. In 2000, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006. He also serves as Director for Predoctoral Education for the department.


Stookey, G.K.; Sergent, J.W.; Park, K.K.; Jackson, R.D.; and Drook, C.A. (1984): Prevalence of Dental Caries in Indiana School Children: Results of a 1982 Survey. Pediatric Dent. 7:8-13. 

Jackson, R.D.; Drook, C.A.; and Stookey, G.K. (1985): Pilot Survey of the Dental Health of Indiana’s Adult Population. J. Ind. Dent. Assoc., 64:27-28. 

Mallatt, M.E.; Beiswanger, B.B.; Drook, C.A.; Stookey, G.K.; Jackson, R.D.; and Bricker, S.L. (1989): Clinical Effect of a Sanguinaria Dentifrice Upon Plaque and Gingivitis in Adults. J. Periodont. 60:91-95. 

Christen, A.G.; Young, J.M.; Beiswanger, B.B.; Jackson, R.D. ; and Potter, R.D. (1989): Effects of Nicotine Chewing Gum on Complete Dentures and Their Soft Tissue Bearing Areas. Int. J. Pros. 2:155-162. 

Stookey, G.K. Jackson, R.D.; Beiswanger, B.B.; and Stookey, K.R. (1989): Efficacy of Chemicals for Calculus Prevention. Proceedings, Workshop on Dental Calculus. Amsterdam, November 6-9, 1988. IRL Press at Oxford University Press, pp. 235-258, November, 1989. 

Beiswanger, B.B.; Mallatt, M.E.; Mau, M.S.; Jackson, R.D.; and Hennon, D.K. (1991): The Clinical Effects of a Mouthrinse Containing 0.1% Octenidine. J. Dent. Res. 69:454-457. 

Beiswanger, B.B.; Mallatt, M.E.; Farah, C.F.; Jackson, R.D.; Bosma, M.L.; Bollmer, B.W.; Mau, M.S. and Hancock, E.B. (1992): Clinical Effects of a 0.12% Chlorhexidine Rinse as an Adjunct to Scaling and Root Planing. J. Clin. Dent. 

Jackson, R.D.; Kelly, S.A.; Noblitt, T.W.; Zhang, W.; Stookey, G.K.; Katz, B.P.; Farley, S.; and Baylink, D. (1994): The Effect of Fluoride Therapy on Blood Chemistry Parameters in Osteoporotic Females. Bone and Mineral Res., 27:13-23. 

Jackson, R.D.; Kelly, S.A.; Katz, B.; Hull, J.R. and Stookey, G.K. (1995): Dental Fluorosis and Caries in Prevalence in Children Residing in Communities with Different Levels of Fluoride in the Water. J. Public Health Dent., 55(2):79-84. 

Jackson, R.D.; Kelly, S.A.; Noblitt, T.W.; Zhang, W.; Wilson, M.E.; Dunipace, A.J.; Li, Y.; Katz, B.P.; Brizendine, E.J.; and Stookey, G.K. (1997):Lack of Effect of Long-term Fluoride Ingestion on Blood Chemistry and Frequency of Sister Chromatid Exchange in Human Lymphocytes. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 29:265-271. 

Jackson, R.D.; Kelly, S.A.; Katz, B.; Brizendine, E. and Stookey, G.K. (1999): Dental Fluorosis in Children Residing in Communities with Different Water Fluoride Levels: 33-Month Follow-Up. Pediatric Dentistry 21(4):248-254. 

Stookey G; Jackson R.D.; Ferreria Zandona A.G. ; and Analoui M (1999): Dental Caries Diagnosis. Dental Clinics of North America. 665-677. 

Jackson RD, Brizendine EJ, Kelly SA, Hinesley R, Stookey GK, Dunipace AJ (2002): The fluoride content of foods and beverages from negligibly and optimally fluoridated communities. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 30:382-391 

Eggertsson H, Ferreira-Zandoná AG, Ando M, Gonzalez-Cabezas C, Fontana M, Martinez-Mier EA, Chin JR, Jackson RD, Eckert GJ, Stookey GK, Zero DT: Reproducibility of in-vitro and clinical examination with QLF (quantitative light-induced fluorescence). Developing Guidelines for imaging and analyzing QLF images, and a process for training examiners. In: Stookey GK, ed. Early detection of dental caries III: proceedings of the 6th annual Indiana Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana University School of Dentistry, 2003:213-228. 

Jackson R and Fontana M. Maximizing the Benefits of Dental Sealants: The Importance of Caries Risk Assessment, Detection and Diagnosis Prior to Dental Sealant Placement Dimensions of Dental Hygiene (2005) 3: 16-21. 

Jackson R. Parental Health Literacy and Children’s Dental Health: Implications for the Future Pediatric Dentistry (2006) 28: 72-76. 

Jackson R. Health Literacy: An Introduction to the Literature. Journal Indiana Dental Association (2006) Winter 10-13. Jackson R. Health Literacy: An Introduction to the Literature. Journal Indiana Dental Association (2006) Winter Jackson R. Health Literacy: An Introduction to the Literature. 

Jackson R, Eckert G. Health Literacy in an Adult Dental Research Population: A Pilot Study. Journal of Public Health Dentistry (2008) 68:196-200. 

Soto-Rojas A., Martinez-Mier E., Urena-Cirett J., Jackson R. Stookey G. (Development of a Stanardization Device for Photo-graphic Assessment of Dental Fluorosis in Field Studies Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry (2008) 6:29-36. 

Martinez-Meir A. Kelly S, Soto A, Jackson R Comparison of a Dietary Survey and the Duplicate Plate Method for Determining Dietary Fluoride Ingested by Young Childre: A Pilot Study  International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry (2009) 19:99-107.

Fontana M, Catt D, Eckert G, Ofner S, Milagros Toro M, Gregory R, Ferreira Zandon A, Eggerstsson H, Jackson R, Chin J, Zero D, Sisson C  Xylitol: Effects on the Acquisition of Cariogenic Species in Infants Pediatric Dentistry (2009) 31: 257-266.

Ditto M, Jones J, Sanders B, Wedell J, Jackson R, Tomlin A Pediatricians Role in Children’s Oral Health: An Indiana Survey Clinical Pediatrics Online First (September, 2009)

Fontana M, Jackson R Eckert E, Swigonski N, Chin J, Ferreira Zandona A, Ando A, G.K. Stookey G, Downs S, Zero D Longitudinal Assessment of Caries Risk Factors in Toddlers Journal of Dental Research (December, 2010)  Publish First  On-line version

Eckert G, Jackson R, Fontana MVariation of Caries Risk Factors in Toddlers and Caregivers (Accepted International Dental Journal, 2010)

Fontana M. Jackson R. Eckert G. Swigonski N. Chin J. Zandona AF. Ando M. Stookey GK. Downs S. Zero DT.
Identification of Caries Risk Factors in Toddlers  Journal of Dental Research.(2011) 90: 209-14.



Dr. Jackson’s research interests are mostly related to increasing our understanding of dental caries and their clinical management. He is regularly engaged in numerous research projects; many of them in collaboration with other institutions from all over the world. Dr. Jackson also has particular interest in the impact of health literacy on oral health,the dental needs of the medically compromised and oral health products in general (e.g., dentifrices, rinses, toothbrushes, etc.) 

Dr. Jackson is involved in the teaching of cariology to pre-doctoral and graduate students and is a regular facilitator for the Problem-based Learning curriculum for first and second-year pre-doctoral students. Additionally, he regularly mentors students conducting research projects in cariology. Dr. Jackson is also interested in developing and integrating new teaching methods to improve the education of dental students. In the future, he would like to facilitate the development of learning modules in oral health directed to the needs of nursing and medical students.