Dr Barbara Taylor



  • Specialist Periodontist
  • BDS (Adelaide), MDSc (Sydney), MRACDS (Perio), FRACDS, FICD


Barbara is a periodontist, a gum specialist. She enjoys working in a long-established practice with high standards, old-fashioned values, and a happy team. Barbara is also the Research Manager for Murrumbidgee Local Health District, involved in medical, allied and oral health research.

Barbara was in general dental practice until she became fascinated by periodontal cells and molecules, so she undertook specialist training at the Sydney Dental Hospital and the University of Sydney. She’s a Fellow and Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS), a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and has received several awards and prizes, including the Service Medallion of the Australian Dental Association (ADA).

A registered specialist since 1994, Barbara worked in hospital and academic practice, becoming Head of the Department of Periodontics at Sydney Dental Hospital and Clinical Coordinator for the specialist training programme at the University of Sydney. She’s served on committees for NSW Health, the RACDS, Human Ethical Research Review, and as an expert witness. Barbara was recently Chair of the ADA (Southern Division) and volunteers with community organizations.

Barbara’s original research into the links between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, resulted in her working closely with Professor Geoffrey Tofler at Royal North Shore Hospital and Professor Karl Schenck at the University of Oslo, leading a team of international and local researchers. Barbara’s work is published in peer-reviewed dental and medical journals and she’s presented her research throughout the world. Barbara astonished lots of people by leaving the city and making a tree change to the Riverina in 2008, in search of fresh air, beautiful landscapes, a big sky, and the civility of country people. She’s delighted to have made her home here and to be able to say, “I’m from the Riverina”.


Batty GD, Li Q, Huxley R, Zoungas S, Taylor BA et al. Periodontal disease as a predictor of
incident dementia and cognitive decline: cohort study. European Psychiatry 2013;28:49–52.

Li Q, Chalmers J, Czernichow S, Neal B, Taylor B, Zoungas S, Poulter N, Woodward M,
Patel A, de Galan B. Oral disease and subsequent cardiovascular disease in people with
type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study based on the Action in Diabetes and Vascular
Disease: Preterax and Diamicron Modified-Release Controlled Evaluation (ADVANCE) trial.
Diabetologia 2010;53:2320-2327.

Taylor B, Tofler G, Morel-Kopp M-C, Carey H, Carter T, Elliott M, Dailey C, Villata L, Ward
C,Woodward M, Schenck K. The effect of initial treatment of periodontitis on systemic
markers of inflammation and cardiovascular risk: a randomized controlled trial. Eur J Oral Sci

Gunaratnam K, Taylor BA, Curtis B, Cistulli P. Obstructive sleep apnoea and periodontitis: a
novel association? Sleep Breath 2009;135(2):174-81.

Vuletic S, Taylor BA, Tofler GH, Chait A, Marcovina SM, Schenck K, Albers AA. SAA and
PLTP activity in plasma of periodontal patients before and after full-mouth tooth extraction.
Oral Diseases 2008;14(6):514-9.

Taylor BA, Tofler GH, Carey HMR, Morel-Kopp M-C, Philcox S, Carter TR, Elliott MJ, Kull
AJ, Ward C, Schenck K. Full-mouth tooth extraction lowers systemic inflammatory and
thrombotic markers of cardiovascular risk. Journal of Dental Research 2006; 85(1):74-78.

Taylor BA. Management of drug-induced gingival enlargement. Australian Prescriber

Taylor BA. Periodontal diseases and systemic health: associations, directions, implications.
NSW Public Health Bulletin 1999;10:14-16.