Category Archives: Advocacy

Dentist shares personal story in advocating for Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act

Editor’s note: The American Dental Association is proud to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA), H.R. 1916, the week of April 4. The ADA has been lobbying this issue for years alongside our colleagues at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) as well as many other… Read More »

Why I love February: Celebrating Black history, children’s oral health

The month of February is a confluence of so many of the things I love in life: showing love to those in our lives on Valentine’s Day, discount candy and chocolate the day after Valentine’s Day (haha), and the whole month being both Black History and Children’s Oral Health Month. As a Black female, it is exciting to… Read More »

Making strides towards dental health equity

Dental health equity remains a pipe dream for many Americans. Those people who live in poverty, rural areas, and those in certain ethnic/racial minorities and gender typically experience higher barriers to care than most. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10% of people living in rural America have less access to dental services than… Read More »

The only wrong answer

A police officer has never asked me to step out of my car. . . That is a truth for me that, in 31 years as a white American male, I’ve never thought twice about until now. It has just always been another part of my life that was unquestionably. . .normal. Normal because I grew up in… Read More »

In response to civil unrest, ask yourself the hard questions

A couple days after the brutal killing of George Floyd, I was watching the world news with my mother and I said to her, “If Grandma Vi was still alive today, I wonder what she would say about everything going on?” And my mother replied, “She wouldn’t be surprised because she lived through the Jim Crow South and… Read More »

Q&A: Discussing protests, supporting black community as dentists

The past few weeks have been challenging. Many dentists went back to work after a tough two month-break, dealing with PPP loans, concerned team members, and (shortage of) PPE availability. Dentistry began to appear bleak to a lot of us. Then, came the death of George Floyd that shook us to our core. Those of us living in… Read More »