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Dr. Paul H. Keyes Career Highlights

Dr. Keyes is the founder of  the International Dental Health Foundation.


  • DDS, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (1941)
  • Dental Internship, St. Lukes Hospital (New York) (1941-1942)
  • BA, University of Rochester (1944)
  • MS in Anatomy, University of Rochester (1945)
  • Fellowship in Orthodontics, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine (1948)
  • Fellowship, American College of Dentists (1964)
  • US Public Health Service Commissioned Officer (highest rank: Dental Director), National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1954-1981)

Research Interests/Special Expertise

  • Anti-infective non-surgical periodontal therapy
  • Application of phase-contrast microscopy in periodontal diagnosis
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Dr. Paul H. Keyes

Dr. Keyes received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1941 and a M.S. degree in Anatomy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1947. He has held faculty positions at both the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Georgetown University's School of Dentistry. He now holds an Emeritus Professorship in the Department of Periodontology at the Temple University School of Dentistry.

For over 25 years at the National Institute for Dental Research, then located on the campus of National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Keyes collaborated with fellow scientists to investigate the bacterial infections that destroy the teeth and their supporting structures. His work contributed to the discovery of specific bacteria as cofactors in the pathogenesis of dental caries and periodontal diseases. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors. In 1981 he cofounded the International Dental Health Association and participated in its mission for over 20 years.

The author and coauthor of over 200 journal-papers, textbook chapters, and abstracts, Dr. Keyes was one of dentistry's most popular lecturers for over a decade both in America and 12 foreign countries. As a strong supporter of anti-infective therapies for the prevention and treatment of dentobacterial infections, Dr. Keyes is perhaps best known for his early advocacy of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as an antibacterial adjuvant for oral hygiene.


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