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New ADA podcast series helps dentists ‘connect each of us’

February 25, 2019

By David Burger

Beyond the Mouth

Running or being in a practice — along with enduring all that life throws at you — can be challenging.

A new podcast from the ADA can help.

Dr. Betsy Shapiro, director of the ADA Center for Professional Success, chats with a diverse group of people who offer their perspectives in the podcast Beyond the Mouth, where the only topic off-limits is clinical dentistry.

Everything else is fair game.

“All of us have a story,” said Dr. Nima Aflatooni, a member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and a guest on the first episode of the podcast, in a statement emailed to ADA News. “A story about our dreams and the experiences that have shaped our lives and choices. Sometimes as clinicians, it is easy to become isolated and trapped in the little bubble of our lives. This podcast helps to connect each of us and help us identify with other dentists who may have had similar struggles, experiences and successes. We are all in this together.”

New episodes of season 1 of Beyond the Mouth launched in January, and will be released every other Wednesday until April 24. Season 2 will be released later this year.

Episode No. 1 is “I Just Opened a Dental Office. Now What?” Episode No. 2 is “Parental Leave. Do I Get it? Do I Have to Give It?” Episode No. 3 is “What I Learned About Myself in Dental School.”

Dr. Erinne Kennedy
Dr. Kennedy

Dr. Erinne Kennedy, a graduate of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership and ADA Success Series speaker, is a guest on the third episode. The Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine alum spoke to ADA News about how podcasts can be an efficient and effective way to share information with new dentists and more experienced clinicians alike.

Dr. Kennedy, who attends the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for a master’s degree in dental education, said moving to Boston ensured her a lengthier commute than she was used to. Listening to podcasts not only passes the time, she said, but offers a way for her to learn more about subjects she is interested in, such as leadership and professional growth. “I love learning and I embrace any educational opportunity,” she said.

Launching a podcast is a good move for the ADA, Dr. Kennedy said. “The ADA is keeping up with the times. It’s a good step forward.”

The podcast, which runs about a half-hour per episode, can be accessed at and is available from most major podcast sites, including Google Play, Spotify and Apple.

The new podcast series complements another ADA-produced podcast, Tooth Talk, a series designed to keep dentists and dental professionals informed on all the latest news in Washington and presented by the American Dental Political Action Committee. To listen to the podcast, visit the Tooth Talk website at You can also listen on the iPhone or Android device and on Spotify.

The ADA Center for Professional Success is happy to receive comments and suggestions for Beyond the Mouth and can be contacted at