Rodrigo Andrés Giacaman Sarah

Associate Professor


Talca, Chile

Líneas de Investigación

Microbiology of caries. Diet and nutrients in caries and microbial dynamics. Caries randomized controlled clinical studies. Caries and quality of life in the elderly, Epidemiology of Caries. Minimally invasive caries treatment.


  •  Oral Biology, University of Minnesota. Estados Unidos, 2007
  •  Oral Rehabilitation, Certified Prosthodontics, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. Chile, 1999

Experiencia Académica

  •   Associate Professor Full Time


    Health Sciences

    Talca, Chile

    Enero 1997 - A la fecha

  •   Director Escuela de Graduados - Vicerrectoría Académica Part Time


    Talca, Chile

    Enero 2015 - A la fecha

Experiencia Profesional

  •   Supervisor Dentist Part Time


    Santiago, Chile

    Enero 1995 - Enero 1999

  •   Especialista en Rehabilitación Oral Part Time

    Práctica Privada

    Talca, Chile

    Enero 1995 - A la fecha

Formación de Capital Humano

• Associate Professor. Department of Oral Rehabilitation. University of Talca, Chile.
• Director. Research Group of Geriatric Dentistry at the University of Talca (GIOG) 2009 - 2013.
• Director. Cariology Unit. Department of Oral Rehabilitation, University of Talca
• Head Faculty. Research Methods and Biostatistics Course. Oral Rehabilitation, Pediatric dentistry and Oral Radiology Specialty Programs and Biomedical Master’s Program. University of Talca.
• Clinical Faculty. Oral Rehabilitation Specialty Program. University of Talca.
• Lecturer on Cariology. Integrated dental clinic courses. School of Dentistry, University of Talca.
• Calibrated examiner: Caries Diagnosis by ICDAS II methodology.

• Graduate Students Advisor: MSc, PhD students in Chile (3), Argentina (1) and Brazil (3).

• Thesis committee member: Undergraduate, MSc and PhD students at the University of Talca and the University of Chile.

• Editorial board and reviewer: National and international journals.

Premios y Distinciones

  •   Best Student of the Program


    Chile, 1994

    Specialization Program in Oral Rehabilitation, Prosthodontics. Graduate School. Faculty of Dentistry. University of Chile Santiago, Chile. September, 1999

  •   First Place AADR/Unilever Hatton Awards, 2008

    36th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the AADR.

    Estados Unidos, 2008

    Post-Doctoral and Senior categories

  •   Finalist IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards

    86th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the IADR.

    Chile, 2008


Tipos de Producción

Journal Article (51)

Creación de un Currículo de Competencias en Cariología para Estudiantes de Pregrado de Odontología en Chile.
Distinct Regulatory Role of Carbon Catabolite Protein A (CcpA) in Oral Streptococcal spxB Expression
In silico analysis of the competition between Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus mutans in the dental biofilm
Oral health of the Latin American elders: What we know and what we should do-Position paper of the Latin American Oral Geriatric Group of the International Association for Dental Research
Patterns of use of oral health care services and barriers to dental care among ambulatory older Chilean.
Preserving healthy teeth throughout the life cycle, the biological asset.
Role of microbial biofilms in the maintenance of oral health and in the development of dental caries and periodontal diseases. Consensus report of group 1 of the Joint EFP/ORCA workshop on the boundaries between caries and periodontal disease.
Stability of chemically available fluoride in Chilean toothpastes.
The innate host response in caries and periodontitis
Ultra-short version of the oral health impact profile in elderly Chileans.
Enamel and dentine demineralization by a combination of starch and sucrose in a biofilm – caries model
Epidemiología del estado de salud periodontal en la VII Región del Maule, Chile
Flujo salival y caries radicular en adultos mayores autovalentes
Frequency of sucrose exposure on the cariogenicity of a biofilm-caries model
Geriatric dentistry content in the curriculum of the dental schools in Chile.
In situ anticariogenic activity of free fatty acids after sucrose exposure to oral biofilms formed on enamel
Realidad y desafíos de la salud bucal de las personas mayores en Chile y el rol de una nueva disciplina: Odontogeriatría
Salivary protein characteristics from saliva of carious lesionfree and high caries adults.
The road less traveled - defining molecular commensalism with Streptococcus sanguinis.
Correlation of Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis colonization and ex vivo hydrogen peroxide production in carious lesion-free and high caries adults
Impact of rurality on the oral health status of 6-year-old children from central Chile: the EpiMaule study.
Anticaries effect of an antioxidant-rich apple concentrate on enamel in an experimental biofilm-demineralization model
Caries experience and use of dental services in rural and urban adults and older adults from central Chile.
Cariogenicity of different commercially available bovine milk types in a biofilm caries model.
Concentración de fluoruro en aguas embotelladas comercializadas en Chile: importancia en caries y fluorosis dental
Factors related to unmet oral health needs in older adults living in Chile
Fatty acid effect on sucrose-induced enamel demineralization and cariogenicity of an experimental biofilm-caries model.
Fluoride concentration in bottled waters sold in Chile.
Updated review on methods to determine dental pulp vitality [Wspó?czesne metody oceny stanu miazgi z?bów. Przegl?d pïmiennictwa]
Validation of the Spanish version of the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP-14Sp) in elderly Chileans
Validation of the Spanish version of the oral health impact profile to assess an association between quality of life and oral health of elderly Chileans.
Caries risk assessment in chilean adolescents and adults and its association with caries experience
Cariogenic potential of commercial sweeteners in an experimental biofilm caries model on enamel
Cuantificación de bacterias relacionadas con la caries dental en saliva de adultos y adultos mayores
Fluoride content in toothpastes commercialized for children in Chile and discussion on professional recommendations of use
Negative ageing stereotypes in students and faculty members from three health science schools.
Prevalence of root caries among ambulant older adults living in central Chile.
Effect of bovine milk on Streptococcus mutans biofilm cariogenic properties and enamel and dentin demineralization
Effect of Fluoridated Milk on Enamel and Root Dentin Demineralization Evaluated by a Biofilm Caries Model
Fermentable carbohydrate dietary consumption measured by a cariogenicity scoring system and caries experience in youth and adults
Short communication: HIV type 1 escapes inactivation by saliva via rapid escape into oral epithelial cells
Total and soluble fluoride content in commercial dentifrices in Chile
Plausibility of HIV-1 Infection of Oral Mucosal Epithelial Cells.
Association between biofilm-forming isolates of mutans streptococci and caries experience in adults
Cleavage of protease-activated receptors on an immortalized oral epithelial cell line by Porphyromonas gingivalis gingipains
Oral keratinocytes support non-replicative infection and transfer of harbored HIV-1 to permissive cells.
Porphyromonas gingivalis induces CCR5-dependent transfer of infectious HIV-I from oral keratinocytes to permissive cells
Porphyromonas gingivalis selectively up-regulates the HIV-1 coreceptor CCR5 in oral keratinocytes

Book Whole (1)

Mineralization Processes in Hard Tissues: Teeth
Rodrigo Giacaman

Associate Professor

Oral Rehabilitation


Talca, Chile

Cecilia Muñoz

Docente Practica

Rehabilitación bucomaxilofacial

Universidad de Talca

Talca, Chile

Juanita León




talca, Chile

Ramiro Castro

Profesor Conferenciante

Rehabilitación Bucomaxilofacial

Universidad de Talca

Talca, Chile

José Yuri

Profesor Titular y Director del Centro de Pomáceas

Producción Agrícola


Talca, Chile

Vidal Perez


Departmet of Pediatric Stomatology

The University of Talca

Talca, Chile

Carla Lozano

Profesora Asistente

Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Odontológicas

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Juliana Nunes

Docente conferenciante

Rehabilitación Buco-Maxilofacial


Talca, Chile

Carlos Alberto Padilla


Talca, Chile