Dr. Ettinger joined the College of Dentistry in 1973. He is a professor in the Dows Institute for Dental Research and Department of Prosthodontics.
Dr. Ettinger directs geriatric education at the College of Dentistry. His teaching responsibilities include clinical prosthodontics at the undergraduate level and clinical geriatrics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Ettinger's clinical activities include prosthodontic and geriatric care of referred patients.
Dr. Ettinger's research focuses on dental care for the elderly and handicapped, including longitudinal studies of overdentures, aging at the cellular level, efficacy of fluoride prevention for overdenture abutments, epidemiology of oral diseases in older adults, and health service needs of older adults. He also studies decision-making of dentists involving the care of patients with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.
1: Ettinger RL. Treatment planning concepts for the ageing patient. Aust Dent J. 2015 Mar;60 Suppl 1:71-85. doi: 10.1111/adj.12286. PubMed PMID: 25762044.
2: Risma KM, Weber-Gasparoni K, Swenson SE, Ettinger RL, Qian F. Group home caregivers' comfort levels regarding physical resistance during oral hygiene care. Spec Care Dentist. 2015 Jan 27. doi: 10.1111/scd.12103. PubMed PMID: 25644960.
3: Goettsche ZS, Ettinger RL, Wefel JS, Hogan MM, Harless JD, Qian F. In vitro assessment of 3 dentifrices containing fluoride in preventing demineralization of overdenture abutments and root surfaces. J Prosthet Dent. 2014 Nov;112(5):1257-64. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2014.01.031. Epub 2014 Sep 30. PubMed PMID: 25277038.
4: Ettinger RL, Qian F. Incidence of attachment loss of canines in an overdenture population. J Prosthet Dent. 2014 Dec;112(6):1356-63. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2014.07.007. Epub 2014 Sep 30. PubMed PMID: 25277034.
5: Ettinger RL. Geriatric dentistry in the USA: looking back 30 years. Gerodontology. 2014 Sep;31(3):161-5. doi: 10.1111/ger.12133. Epub 2014 Jun 4. PubMed PMID: 24898620.
6: Watkins C, Ettinger RL, Cowen H, Qian F, Dawson DV. Iowa dentists' involvement in care for patients who are homebound. Spec Care Dentist. 2012 Nov-Dec;32(6):251-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00281.x. PubMed PMID: 23095068.
7: Ettinger RL. A 30-year review of a geriatric dentistry teaching programme. Gerodontology. 2012 Jun;29(2):e1252-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2011.00471.x. PubMed PMID: 22612843.
8: Jobman KJ, Weber-Gasparoni K, Ettinger RL, Qian F. Caregivers' perceived comfort regarding oral care delivery in group homes: a pilot study. Spec Care Dentist. 2012 Jun;32(3):90-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00250.x. PubMed PMID: 22591431.
9: Wilwert MM, Watkins CA, Ettinger RL, Cowen HJ, Qian F. The involvement of Iowa dentists in hospice care. Spec Care Dentist. 2011 Nov-Dec;31(6):204-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2011.00214.x. PubMed PMID: 22070359.
10: Nunez B, Chalmers J, Warren J, Ettinger RL, Qian F. Opinions on the provision of dental care in Iowa nursing homes. Spec Care Dentist. 2011 Jan-Feb;31(1):33-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2010.00170.x. Epub 2010 Dec 28. PubMed PMID: 21235612; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3075850.
11: Ettinger RL, Fakhry A. Management of a failed mandibular staple implant: a clinical report. J Prosthet Dent. 2010 Dec;104(6):359-63. doi: 10.1016/S0022-3913(10)60165-5. PubMed PMID: 21095398.
12: Thole K, Chalmers J, Ettinger RL, Warren J. Iowa intermediate care facilities: an evaluation of care providers'attitudes toward oral hygiene care. Spec Care Dentist. 2010 May-Jun;30(3):99-105. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2010.00131.x. PubMed PMID: 20500704.
13: Ettinger RL. The development of geriatric dental education programs in Canada: an update. J Can Dent Assoc. 2010;76:a1. Review. PubMed PMID: 20483034.
14: Ettinger RL. Meeting oral health needs to promote the well-being of the geriatric population: educational research issues. J Dent Educ. 2010 Jan;74(1):29-35. Review. PubMed PMID: 20061527.
15: Ettinger RL. Oral health and the aging population. J Am Dent Assoc. 2007 Sep;138 Suppl:5S-6S. Erratum in: J Am Dent Assoc. 2008 Mar;139(3):252-3. PubMed PMID: 17761839.
16: Chalmers JM, Ettinger RL. Public health issues in geriatric dentistry in the United States. Dent Clin North Am. 2008 Apr;52(2):423-46, vii-viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2007.12.004. Review. PubMed PMID: 18329452.
17: Darling LA, Ettinger RL, Wefel JS, Cooper SH, Qian F. Prevention of demineralization by CO2 and Er,Cr:YSGG laser irradiation of overdenture abutments. Am J Dent. 2006 Aug;19(4):227-30. PubMed PMID: 16939028.
18: Ettinger RL. Rational dental care: part 2. A case history. J Can Dent Assoc. 2006 Jun;72(5):447-52. PubMed PMID: 16772070.
19: Ettinger RL. Rational dental care: part 1. Has the concept changed in 20 years? J Can Dent Assoc. 2006 Jun;72(5):441-5. PubMed PMID: 16772069.
20: Hong L, Watkins CA, Ettinger RL, Wefel JS. Effect of topical fluoride and fluoride varnish on in vitro root surface lesions. Am J Dent. 2005 Jun;18(3):182-7. PubMed PMID: 16158810.
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Dr. Ettinger is past president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (1985-87), a member of both the American and International Associations for Dental Research (AADR and IADR), past president of the AADR's Prosthodontics Research Group, past president of the IADR Geriatric Oral Research Group, and editor-in-chief of Special Care in Dentistry. In 2001, he received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Dentistry and in 2010, Dr. Ettinger received the IADR Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry Award.