Category Archives: Community Outreach

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 »

Business side of dentistry: Golden rules of marketing

Editor’s note: This is the tenth article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. Based on my experience, marketing has two main components: internal and external. Internal includes gaining higher case acceptance and introducing new procedures to your existing patients. External marketing involves… Read More »

Looking for ways to increase access to care? Consider GKAS

The ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program has been my gateway into public health as well as an avenue to leadership within the ADA. Like many others, I first learned about GKAS during dental school, where the event was held annually. It was a fun-filled day of free pediatric dentistry, identifying and addressing treatment needs for children who… Read More »

‘Like entering hell itself’: Battling the Riverside Fire as a volunteer firefighter

With the many hardships we are facing as a state, nation and world I think this new year, we should remember those who give so much to help others. If there is one thing I could ask to my fellow dentists: Be in touch with your community. It was Sept. 7, 2020 , while spending the evening with… Read More »

Consider doing more this Black History Month

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog after the death of George Floyd. In it I talked about wondering what my great grandmother, who lived to be 92 and died in 1997 would have thought of what has come to be generally accepted as his killing by the police, and I extrapolated that to how she… Read More »