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Dr. Balagopal Varma R.

Head of Department, Principal

Dr. Balagopal Varma R. currently serves as Principal of Amrita School of Dentistry and HOD & Professor at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences Campus, Kochi.

Qualification: BDS, MDS
balagopalvarma@aims.amrita.edu
Research Interest: Material Research, Preventive Dentistry, Pulp Biology, Saliva

Bio

Dr. Balagopal Varma joined the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Amrita School of Dentistry in December 2004.

He is currently serving as the Principal of Amrita School of Dentistry and Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. He obtained his B. D. S. and M. D. S. degrees from the College of Dental Surgery, Manipal. He has worked as Assistant Professor in Pedodontics at College of Dental Surgery, Manipal & Mangalore. Before joining Amrita School of Dentistry, he was working as Professor & Head of Pedodontics at Ragas Dental College & Hospital, Chennai. He has also worked as a Senior Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia.

In April 2012, Dr. Varma was awarded membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (MRACDS) in the special field stream of Paediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Varma has published widely in the academic literature. He has 12 national publications and 4 international publications to his credit. In January 2003, he received the Best Scientific Paper Award at 57th National Indian Dental Conference for his paper titled Amelogenesis Imperfecta – A Clinician’s Chalange.

He has co-authored the text books of Dental Anatomy, Physiology & Development and Essentials of Preventive and Community Dentistry, published by Arya Publications, New Delhi. He has 2 scientific paper presentations at International Conferences and 18 scientific paper presentations at National Conferences.

He was the Joint Editor of Indian Journal of Orofacial Genetics during 1997-1998. He was also the founder Secretary during the term 2009 – 11 and President of the Association of Pediatric and Preventive Dentists of Kerala during 2011 – 12. He has also served as the Executive Member of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry (ISPPD).

He is currently Member of Board of Studies (UG) of Kerala University of Health Sciences and an Editorial member of International Journal of Clincal Paediatric Dentistry (IJCPD) and Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry (JISPPD).

Publications

Journal Article

Year : 2020

Feeding difficulty in an infant with stickler’s syndrome – A case report

Authors : Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Vijay P.; Kumaran P.

Publisher : A case report. ContempClin Dent

Vijay P., Kumaran P., Arun Mamachan Xavier, and Dr. Balagopal Varma R., “Feeding difficulty in an infant with stickler’s syndrome – A case report”, A case report. ContempClin Dent , 2020.

Year : 2019

Qualitative and quantitative comparison of the remineralization potential of three suitable materials – An in-vitro SMH & SEM study

Authors : Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Sreekumar P., Kumaran P., Kumar S. J.

Publisher : J ClinDiag Res

Sreekumar P., Kumaran P., Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., and Kumar S. J., “Qualitative and quantitative comparison of the remineralization potential of three suitable materials – An in-vitro SMH & SEM study”, J ClinDiag Res , vol. 13, no. 1, pp. ZC01-ZC04, 2019.

Year : 2019

Dental age assessment in 8-16 year old girls in a tertiary care hospital in Cochin – a comparative study

Authors : Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Sathish A. M.; Kumaran P.; Menon M. M.

Publisher : Drug Inv Today , Volume 11

Sathish A. M., Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Kumaran P., and Menon M. M., “Dental age assessment in 8-16 year old girls in a tertiary care hospital in Cochin – a comparative study”, Drug Inv Today , vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 996-999, 2019.

Year : 2019

Knowledge, attitude, and awareness of mothers toward emergency management of dental trauma in high literacy population

Authors : Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Resmy Nair

Publisher : J Int Oral Health

Resmy Nair, Parvathy Kumaran, Arun Mamachan Xavier, and Dr. Balagopal Varma R., “Knowledge, attitude, and awareness of mothers toward emergency management of dental trauma in high literacy population”, J Int Oral Health, no. 11, pp. 287-292, 2019.

Year : 2019

Comparative evaluation of the efficacy of Aloe Vera gel with milk and HBSS in maintaining the viability of PDL cells in avulsed teeth

Authors : Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Abraham B.; Kumaran P.; Kumar S. J.

Publisher : Drug Inv Today

Abraham B., Kumaran P., Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., and Kumar S. J., “Comparative evaluation of the efficacy of Aloe Vera gel with milk and HBSS in maintaining the viability of PDL cells in avulsed teeth”, Drug Inv Today , vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 996-999, 2019.

Year : 2018

Efficacy of a Calcium Sucrose Phosphate Based Toothpaste in Elevating the Level of Calcium, Phosphate Ions in Saliva and Reducing Plaque: A Clinical Trial.

Authors : Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Leena Unnikrishn Menon; Bhat Sangeetha Govinda; J. Suresh Kumar

Publisher : Contemp Clin Dent

Leena Unnikrishn Menon, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Parvathy Kumaran, Arun Mamachan Xavier, Bhat Sangeetha Govinda, and J. Suresh Kumar, “Efficacy of a Calcium Sucrose Phosphate Based Toothpaste in Elevating the Level of Calcium, Phosphate Ions in Saliva and Reducing Plaque: A Clinical Trial.”, Contemp Clin Dent, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 151-157, 2018.

Year : 2018

Salivary Interleukin-6 levels of children with Early Childhood Caries and Ventricular Septal defect – A randomized clinical trial

Authors : Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, George T.; Janardhanan S. K .; Govinda B. S.

Publisher : J IndSocPedodPrev Dent .

George T., Parvathy Kumaran, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Arun Mamachan Xavier, Janardhanan S. K., and S., G. B., “Salivary Interleukin-6 levels of children with Early Childhood Caries and Ventricular Septal defect – A randomized clinical trial”, J IndSocPedodPrev Dent , vol. 36, pp. 130-134, 2018.

Year : 2017

Unique Approach to Dental Management of Children with Hearing Impairment.

Authors : Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Navanith Renahan

Publisher : Int J Clin Pediatr Dent

N. Renahan, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Parvathy Kumaran, and Arun Mamachan Xavier, “Unique Approach to Dental Management of Children with Hearing Impairment.”, Int J Clin Pediatr Dent, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 107-110, 2017.

Year : 2016

Evaluation of salivary interleukin-6 in children with early childhood caries after treatment

Authors : Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Sajitha Krishnan, Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Medhini Menon; Sangeetha G. Bhat; Suresh Kumar J.

Publisher : Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, Medknow Publications,

Medhini Menon, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Sajitha Krishnan, Parvathy Kumaran, Sangeetha G. Bhat, Arun Mamachan Xavier, and Suresh Kumar J., “Evaluation of salivary interleukin-6 in children with early childhood caries after treatment”, Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, vol. 7, pp. 198-202, 2016.

Year : 2016

Clinical and radiographic comparison of indirect pulp treatment using light-cured calcium silicate and mineral trioxide aggregate in primary molars: A randomized clinical trial

Authors : Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Navya P. Menon; Janardhanan, S.; Bhat Sangeetha Govinda

Publisher : Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, Medknow Publications.

Navya P. Menon, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Janardhanan, S., Parvathy Kumaran, Arun Mamachan Xavier, and Bhat Sangeetha Govinda, “Clinical and radiographic comparison of indirect pulp treatment using light-cured calcium silicate and mineral trioxide aggregate in primary molars: A randomized clinical trial”, Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, vol. 7, pp. 475-480, 2016.

Year : 2015

Mandibulofacial dysostosis (Treacher Collins syndrome): A case report and review of literature

Authors : Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Renju, R.; Kumar, S.J.;

Publisher : Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, Medknow Publications

R. Renju, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Kumar, S. J., and Parvathy Kumaran, “Mandibulofacial dysostosis (Treacher Collins syndrome): A case report and review of literature”, Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, vol. 5, pp. 532-534, 2015.

Year : 2015

Clinical and radiographic evaluation of indirect pulp treatment with MTA and calcium hydroxide in primary teeth (in-vivo study)

Authors : Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Vimi George; Suresh Kumar Janardhanan

Publisher : Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Medknow Publications

Vimi George, Suresh Kumar Janardhanan, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Parvathy Kumaran, and Arun Mamachan Xavier, “Clinical and radiographic evaluation of indirect pulp treatment with MTA and calcium hydroxide in primary teeth (in-vivo study)”, Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, vol. 33, pp. 104-110, 2015.

Year : 2015

Christ Siemens Touraine syndrome: Two case reports and felicitous approaches to prosthetic management

Authors : Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Renahan, N.; Raj, R.; Kumar J., S.

Publisher : Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, Medknow Publications

N. Renahan, Raj, R., Dr. Balagopal Varma R., and S. J., K., “Christ Siemens Touraine syndrome: Two case reports and felicitous approaches to prosthetic management”, Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, vol. 6, pp. 274-276, 2015.

Year : 2015

Management of congenital choanal atresia: A pedodontist′s role

Authors : Dr. Parvathy Kumaran, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Dr. Arun Mamachan Xavier, Niloofar Fathima

Publisher : Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Medknow Publications

Niloofar Fathima, Parvathy Kumaran, Dr. Balagopal Varma R., and Arun Mamachan Xavier, “Management of congenital choanal atresia: A pedodontist′s role”, Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, vol. 33, pp. 259-261, 2015.

Year : 2011

Management of a Dentigerous Cyst: A Two-Year Review

Authors : Dr. Balagopal Varma R., Anjana B

Publisher : International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

A. B and Varma, B., “Management of a Dentigerous Cyst: A Two-Year Review”, International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, 2011.

Year : 2005

Comparative evaluation of tensile-bond strength, fracture mode and microleakage of fifth, and sixth generation adhesive systems in primary dentition

Authors : Dr. Balagopal Varma R., A Stalin; Jayanthi, J.a

Publisher : Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry

Aa Stalin, Varma, Bbc, and Jayanthi, Ja, “Comparative evaluation of tensile-bond strength, fracture mode and microleakage of fifth, and sixth generation adhesive systems in primary dentition”, Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, vol. 23, pp. 83-88, 2005.

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