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


COVID-19, a Live Changing Event – Dr. Ambika Rani Srivastava

Participating in test run for COVID-19 testingCOVID-19 was life-changing for all. This is the first event that I can...

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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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As COVID-19 pandemic eases, the lessons learned will serve our profession well – Eric Shirley, President, Patterson Dental

Oral health care isn’t delivered magically or telepathically. It is based on outcomes and science, delivered by...

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Huh? This has never happened before. – Dr. Andrew Tanchyk

Huh? This never happened in my dental practice of over forty years. At least not this often. I guess this pandemic...

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Dreams Have Gone Dark – Dr. Michael Diorio

This is my personal thought entropy of the whole COVID-19 cluster that has rolled into our world like a fog, maybe...

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Dealing with COVID-19 – Dr. Ronald Sherwood

In March 2020, the global pandemic arrived in Texas. Rumors had been circulating for a few weeks and we heard that...

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To My Colleagues in the Dental Profession ... – Dr. Brett Kessler

I wrote this April 20, 2020 and posted it on my social media accounts. It was an emotional time as a member of the...

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The Pandemic Has Changed Everything – Dr. Anthony Tumolo

The pandemic has changed everything including dentistry. Though I am retired and miss the profession that I love, I...

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Everything Old Is New Again, Except It's Analog to Digital – Dr. Margaret Scarlett

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a newly reported disease with a rare lung disease captured...

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My “COVID Vacation” Patent-ly Changed My Life! – Dr. Rich Masek

When I received the ADA’s invitation to share my COVID experience, I was immediately reminded of the fall of 1964....

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Giving Back to Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Dr. Thomas Connolly

In mid-march during my walk in Central Park (New York City), I thought my allergies were acting up with the trees...

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Confronting Dentistry’s Latest Challenge – Dr. Michael Maihofer

Dentistry is a science-based profession. Many of us took courses in microbiology and immunology in our undergrad...

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A COVID Testing Experience – Dr. Jennifer Hasslen

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be placing a swab 3-4 inches into someone’s nasal passage to reach...

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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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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...

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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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We Will Be Our Best If We Go Together – Dr. Hal Jeter

We have now added COVID-19 to the list of acronyms that denote benchmarks in our history. These are times that will...

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My COVID-19 Experience – Dr. Douglas E. Hunter

I recall back in February and early March of 2020 having discussions with patients about this new virus originating...

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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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How My Patients Saved My Practice – Dr. Robert Donahue

I truly believe that our patients really do care about us. Below are excerpts of two letters that I sent, one dated...

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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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Practicing With COVID-19 – Dr. Adina Simone

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

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Thoughts On Self Compassion – Dr. Alayna Schoblaske

I’ll be honest. Writing editorials in the time of a global pandemic seems a bit like an exercise in futility. We are...

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Recognize, Reach, and Reflect – Dr. Alayna Schoblaske

If you are reading this, thank you. Thank you for taking a moment for normalcy in what feels like a really, really...

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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....

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A Symbiosis of Mutual Benefit – Dr. Jillian McKelroy

I wasn’t originally planning to spend my entire career in public health dentistry. It was a starting off point, a...

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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...

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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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