Before coming to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Chen was an assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology, School of Dentistry, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 2008-2014. He joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry in 2015.
Dr. Chen participates in predoctoral clinical teaching in the Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry program, and the graduate Geriatric and Special Needs Certificate program. He also gives seminars and lectures on topics related to geriatric dentistry to predoctoral and graduate students. In addition, he provides research mentorship and gives CE presentations related to the oral and general health of elderly populations.
Dr. Chen treats patients in the Faculty General Practice.
Dr. Chen’s research focuses on oral health management for older adults with cognitive impairment, relationships between oral and systemic diseases in geriatric patients, end-of-life oral health care, and clinical decision-making for medically compromised patients.
Chen X*, Kistler C. Oral health care for older adults with serious illness: when and how? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Feb;63(2):375-8. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13240
Chen X*, Yuan D. Risk assessment and management for older adults with hypertension in dental settings. Chinese Journal of Practical Stomatology. 2014 Vol. 7 (2): 68-73
Chen X*, Chen H, Douglas C. Preisser J, Shuman S. Dental treatment intensity in long-term care residents in the last year of life. JADA. 2013 Nov; 144(11): 1234-1242
Chen X*, Clark JJ, Preisser, JS, Naorungroj S, Shuman SK. Dental caries in older adults in the last year of life. J Am Geriat Soc. 2013 Aug;61(8):1345-50. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12363.
Sloane PD*, Zimmerman S, Chen X, Barrick AL, Poole P, Reed D, Mitchell M, Cohen L. Effect of a person-centered mouth care intervention on care processes and outcomes in three nursing homes. J Am Geriat Soc. 2013 Jul;61(7):1158-63. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12317
Chen X*, Clark JJ, Naorungroj S. Cognitive status, oral care capacity and oral health in community-dwelling older adults. Gerodontology. 2013 Jun 12. doi: 10.1111/ger.12061
Chen X*, Naorungroj S, Douglas C, Beck JD. Self-reported oral health and oral health behaviors in older adults in the last year of life. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013; doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt024.
Chen X*, Clark JJ. Assessment of functional competency for older adults with cognitive impairment – a survey for special-care dental professionals. Spec Care Dentist. 2013 Mar-Apr;33(2):48-55. doi: 10.1111/scd.12005
Chen X*, Clark JJ, Naorungroj S. Oral health in older adults with dementia living in different environments: a propensity analysis. Spec Care Dentist. 2013 Sep;33(5):239-47. doi: 10.1111/scd.12006
Chen X*, Clark JJ, Naorungroj S. Length of tooth survival in older adults with complex medical, functional and dental backgrounds. JADA. 2012; 143 (6): 566-78 (Cover story)
Chen X*, Clark JJ, Naorungroj S. Oral health in nursing home residents with different cognitive statuses. Gerodontology. 2013 Mar;30(1):49-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2012.00644.x.
Chen X*, Clark JJ. Multidimensional risk assessment for tooth loss in a geriatric population with diverse medical and dental backgrounds. J Am Geriat Soc. 2011 Jun;59(6):1116-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03425.x.
Chen X*, Clark JJ. Tooth loss patterns in older adults with special needs: a Minnesota cohort. Int J Oral Sci. 2011 Jan;3(1):27-33. doi: 10.4248/IJOS11012.
Chen X*, Shuman SK, Hodges JS, Gatewood LC, Xu J. Patterns of tooth loss in older adults with dementia: a retrospective study based on a Minnesota cohort. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010;58(12):2300-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03192.x.
Chen X*, Hodges JS, Shuman SK, Gatewood LC, Xu J. Predicting tooth loss for older adults with special needs. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Jun;38(3):235-43. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.2009.00527.x.
Dr. Chen is a member of executive committee of the Geriatric Oral Health Research Group in the International Association of Dental Research and an active member of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and the Gerontological Society of America. He also serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals, including Journal of American Geriatric Society, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Gerodontology, Special Care in Dentistry, Journal of Aging and Health, etc.