Category Archives: Diversity

LGBTQ equality is on the rise; it’s time for dentistry to catch up

The week before starting dental school, I brought my partner along with my family, to my white coat ceremony. At the end of the event, while congratulating my parents, an administrator I had recently met pulled my dad aside and told him, “If you want your son to do well, tell him not to bring his ‘friend’ around… Read More »

The dentist workforce through the years

What did the dental workforce look like in the beginning of the century? And what will it look like in 20 years or so? There are currently nearly 200,000 practicing dentists in the U.S., which represents about 61 dentists per 100,000 population in 2018. In comparison, in 2001, there were about 163,000 practicing dentists or 57 dentists per… Read More »

State dental associations see most women serving as presidents

In half of the 10 years Dr. Jennifer Enos served in the board of her local dental society in Arizona, she was — aside from staff — the only woman in the room. “I started in dentistry in 1999 as an assistant,” she said. “I knew one female dentist and there was very little ethnic diversity.” Fast forward… Read More »

Three new dentists, three different paths

The ADA New Dentist News spoke with three dentists — all 2018 dental school grads — to learn what led them to dentistry and how they chose their career path. Military Dr. Kristofer Harris took a demotion to become a dentist, but he couldn’t be happier. Dr. Harris, 37, was recommissioned as a lieutenant in the Navy Dental… Read More »

How diversity and inclusion guides the ADA

As a new dentist, you are probably keenly aware of the benefits of diversity and inclusion. Maybe you saw firsthand how collaborating with someone from a different background than you improved the results of a group project in dental school. Or maybe you noticed how listening to a colleague with a unique perspective changed the way you think… Read More »

Dentistry is like a Taylor Swift concert..sort of

On a random Tuesday night this past May, I found myself sitting with 56,000 other people in CenturyLink stadium. This time, it wasn’t the 12th man I was sitting with. It was with 56,000 Swifties. Yes, we were at the Taylor Swift concert in Seattle. Surprisingly, it was one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had. Thousands… Read More »