Svetlana Tikhonova

Faculty Lecturer
Academic title(s): 


Svetlana Tikhonova
Contact Information
Email address: 
svetlana.tikhonova [at]

Svetlana graduated from the Belarusian State Medical University as a dentist in 1998 and completed a three-year clinical residency training in Operative Dentistry (1998-2001) and Masters’ degree in Dental Sciences (2001-2003) at the same university. She earned a Doctorate degree in Dental Sciences at McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry (2008-2013). Her doctoral dissertation was titled “A comparison of dentists’ treatment choices when dental caries lesions are diagnosed with two visual-tactile systems, the Nyvad and ICDAS”. She completed post-doctoral training at the Université de Montréal (2013-2016) in the field of Oral Health Research. Working currently as a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University, Svetlana is responsible for the Evidence Based Dentistry three-year undergraduate curriculum ensuring that the dental students graduate with a foundation in the basic principles of research, as well as evidence-based practice. She is also providing Cariology lectures and hands-on laboratories for undergraduate dental students and working on implementation of non-operative caries management approach in dental education. Her recent initiative was focusing on reaching a consensus on Core Cariology Curriculum in Canadian dental schools and publishing a formal consensus document. Svetlana’s current research interests are related to the implementation of evidence-based cariology approach in dental education; non-surgical dental caries management; visual-tactile caries diagnosis.

Areas of expertise: 
  • Evidence-Based dentistry education
  • Cariology education
  • Visual-tactile caries diagnosis
  • Caries lesions progression
  • Caries management

Graduate Student Supervision

The research topics: Cariology education: integration of contemporary caries management approach in dental education and clinical practice

2001 McGill College, suite 515
Research areas: 
Population Oral Health
Selected publications: 

1.   Pillai S, Rohani K, Macdonald ME, Al-Hamed FS, Tikhonova S. Integration of an evidence-based caries management approach in dental education: the perspectives of dental instructors. J Dent Educ. 2023;1-13.

2.   Nguyen AX, Xiang L, Chhibber R, Blanchard H, Tikhonova S, Zafran H, Miller CA, Bergevin Y. Student-led interprofessional global health course:learning impacts during a global crisis. BMC Med Educ. 2023;23(1):166.

3.   Fathi H, Gamondele N, Nardin Farag NT, Miller CA, Tikhonova S, Bergevin Y, DeSantis C, Lencucha R. What can an Interprofessional Global Health Course with a Focus on Decolonization Bring to Students? A Qualitative Study. McGill J Global Health. 2023;5:33.

4.   Tikhonova S, Jessani A, Girard F, Macdonald ME, De Souza G, Tam L, Eggert FM, Nguyen‐Ngoc C, Morin N, Aggarwal N, Schroth RJ. The Canadian Core Cariology Curriculum: Outcomes of a national symposium. J Dent Educ. 2020;1–9.

5.   Tikhonova S, Aggarwal N, Girard F. Cariology Education in Canadian Dental Schools: Interinstitutional Symposium. J Can Dent Assoc. 2019;85(j9):1488-2159.

6.   Tikhonova S, Girard F, Fontana M. Cariology education in Canadian dental schools: where are we? Where do we need to go? J Dent Educ. 2018;82(1):39-46.

7.   Tikhonova S, Booij L, D’Souza V, Crosara KT, Siqueira WL, Emami E. Investigating the association between stress, saliva and dental caries: a scoping review. BMC Oral Health. 2018;18(1):41.

8.   Tikhonova S. Sealing pits and fissures of permanent molars in children and adolescents is effective in controlling dental caries: a critical summary. J Amer Dent Assoc. 2015;146 (6):409-411.

9.   Emami E, Booij L, Tikhonova S, Ismaylova E. Modelling the Interaction of Multidimensional Risk Factors in Caries Disparity. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 2015, ISBN 978-2-98150320-6.

10. Tikhonova SM, Feine JS, Pustavoitava NN, Allison PJ. Reproducibility and diagnostic outcomes of two visual-tactile criteria used by dentists to assess caries lesion activity: a cross-over study. Caries Res. 2013;48(2):126-36.

Key words: Dental caries; visual-tactile caries diagnosis; Cariology education; Evidence-based caries management

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