In It Together

A community sourced archive,
documenting COVID-19’s impact
on dentistry

Sponsored by Patterson Dental

Many in the dental community have been affected by COVID-19 and want to share their stories.


As a result, the ADA is launching the JADA+ COVID-19 Monograph—a digital collection of stories, reflections, and accounts from any perspective, in any format, including articles, essays, podcasts, videos, graphics, and photos—that is open to all contributors. Submit your COVID-19 story here.

Stories by Region


Impact of COVID-19 on Student and Resident Wellness at WVU School of Dentistry – Dr. Valerie Perrine and Dr. Fotinos S. Panagakos

IntroductionIn March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit academic and healthcare institutions throughout the US. This...

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Romeo and Juliet Live – Dr. Andrew Tanchyk

It was barely 10 days into the viral shutdown at my dental office. I had all kinds of plans for reorganizing the...

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Ionization: A Possible Answer to the Reduction of Transmission of Viruses in Interior Spaces – Dr. Murray Rosenthal

I have done some research as to sterilizing interior areas and have come across the benefits of needlepoint bipolar...

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Resources From the Dugoni School of Dentistry – Dan Soine

The Dugoni School of Dentistry has a variety of materials and videos that were produced during the pandemic. Feel free...

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Perceptions and Reality of a Pandemic in the Hispanic Community – Dr. Tyrone F. Rodriguez

It has been quite a learning experience on adaptation for myself, colleagues, staff and patients in our care. In the...

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Periodontal Disease in the COVID-19 World and Beyond – Dr. William Fell

COVID-19 is forcing many in dentistry to change the status quo and rethink our wellworn approaches to clinical patient...

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Application of Lessons Learnt from the UW Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – Dr. Kanvar Panesar

Dentistry in the COVID-19 Era: Application of Lessons Learnt from the University of Washington Department of Oral &...

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Dental School in the time of COVID – Kenji O'Brien

It was Friday March 13, 2020. Rumors had been circulating the school all week. Seven days earlier, Mayor London Breed...

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20/20: A painting by Dr. James Stewart

The painting exists as a spontaneous, personal reaction to the mystery of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Will My Patients Still Recognize Me? – Dr. Gary Solnit

As we all have struggled to get used to the new Covid guidelines, I wonder how impersonal dental care will become and...

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The WVU School of Dentistry Experience During the Coronavirus Shutdown – Dr. Juan M. Bugueno and colleagues

Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak: The West Virginia University School of Dentistry (WVU SOD) Experience During the...

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2020 Staff Letter – Dr. Sharon K. Kennedy Hosea

After many attempts to organize our annual holiday office party, and finally accepting the fact that it must be...

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A Uniquely Challenging Time for Associate Dentists – Dr. Kelsey Garza

We all know what a difficult time it is to be a business owner during COVID-19. Many businesses, including some...

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COVID-19’s Impact on Dentistry – Dr. Myriam Mariano-Suarez

After working 32 years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I decided to come back last February 2019 to my own country,...

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Dental Memories – Helena Family Dentistry

While our dental office was shut down during the initial quarantine period, we had some extra time on our hands and...

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Practicing With COVID-19 – Dr. Adina Simone

Practicing with Covid is challenging- almost more difficult than dental school and residency. We treated AIDS patients...

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My COVID Experience – Dr. Rob Schick

My COVID Experience started over 11 months ago. I was at a Boy Scout event in Tulsa, OK from March 6-7, 2020. The...

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What I Loved About 2020 – Dr. Edward L. Perlow

I’ve always loved learning and 2020 has taught me a lot. I love the fact that my wife and I could transition from a...

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Emergency Care for Those in Need – Dr. Jeannie M. Bath

Here's something I wrote during the early days of the lockdown, when only emergency dental treatment was allowed. When...

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Portrait of PPE in Late 2020 – Dr. Partha Mukherji

Here is picture taken in the last few months from my office.Harris Southwest Dental in Fort Worth, TX

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Volunteering During the Covid-19 Pandemic: What an oral surgeon can do – Dr. Stuart Lieblich

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice I’ve also had the opportunity to participate in volunteer...

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To the Dental Community...

Twenty twenty started with a remarkable level of enthusiasm and prosperity. I had completed my residency the previous...

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During this unprecedented time... – Dr. Blake Bybee, DDS

During this unprecedented time and like many other dental professionals, I found time to reflect, ponder and express...

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2020 Has Been A Tough Year For My Family. – Dr. Ansley H. Depp

I saw what was coming when COVID-19 starting affecting dental offices and closed my office one day before the ADA...

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