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Innovative Dentists

Innovative Dentistry IconADA member dentists are always pushing to practice dentistry in a better or more efficient way, while continuing to deliver top-notch patient care. Explore stories of innovative dentists.

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Making Dentistry and Oral Health Fun for Kids

A moment of serendipity while in dental school helped Dr. Jeanette Courtad create a momentous project decades later to promote oral health among kids and expectant mothers— a book series called “Toothful Tales.”
 

Finding a Location to Open my Practice

Dr. Katie Stuchlik chronicles her journey in buying and opening a practice with her friend and classmate, Dr. Lindsey Wendt, in the Houston area.
 

Early Detection is Key for Treating Aggressive Cancers

The importance of having routine dental checkups could never be truer for a young patient in Washington state.
 

Ideas to Improve the Profession

People frequently ask me why I am so active in my involvement with the state dental association. It’s a good question.
 

Making a difference in the dental aisle

Behind each package displaying the ADA Seal of Acceptance are dozens of independent experts who verified that product as safe and effective.
 

3D Printing's Opportunity in Dentistry

Dr. Suvendra Vijayan envisions a future where dentists can use 3D printing to create accurate models of patients’ anatomy, helping plan any needed surgical interventions and assist in teaching patients and students.
 

President of my State Dental Society

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.
 

Setting a Precedent as the President

Dr. Vanessa Benavent is the youngest president ever — by a wide margin — of the Maryland State Dental Association.
 

Juggling Motherhood and a Full-time Career in Dentistry

Undoubtedly, our profession offers great work-life balance, career growth and low unemployment. However, it’s not without its challenges, of course—especially if you’re a working mother.
 

Moving the Profession Forward

Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the definition of a trailblazer. In 1859, the 26-year-old planned to enroll in medical school. However, after being denied admission on the basis of her gender, she pursued dental school.
 

3 Tips for Treating Children

Dr. Paul Casamassimo is the winner of the 2017 Norton M. Ross Award, which is presented to those whose research has significantly impacted some aspect of clinical dentistry.
 

For me, the fight is personal

Dr. Elizabeth Kapral faces what she calls “complex situations” almost daily. The department she works in at the Erie County Medical Center campus in Buffalo, New York, serves patients with complicated medical conditions and cancer.