Livia Tenuta

Associate Professor of Dentistry


Cariology, Restorative Sciences & Endodontics


DENT Cariology Restor Sci & Endo
2217 DENT
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1078




Dr. Tenuta obtained her DDS at Bauru Dental School, University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 1997, at the top of her class. She pursued a master’s degree in pediatric dentistry at the same school from 1998-2001. After teaching pediatric dentistry at two universities in Maringá, Brazil, she joined the PhD program in cariology at Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, Brazil, from 2002-05. Dr. Tenuta continued there as a post doc from 2006-07 and later as faculty member from 2007-17, teaching biochemistry and cariology to dental students and mentoring students in the master’s and PhD programs in cariology. In 2012, she was promoted from assistant to associate professor. Dr. Tenuta joined the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2018 as associate professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics. For her achievements as a young investigator in cariology, Dr. Tenuta received the Basil Bibby Award of the International Association of Dental Research Cariology Group in 2014. She has been involved in leadership roles in the IADR (as president of the IADR Cariology Group, 2011-12) and in the European Organization for Caries Research (as ORCA membership secretary and webmaster, 2015-20). Dr. Tenuta has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles on dental biofilm cariogenicity and the role of fluoride in caries prevention.