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


Dodger Stadium Mass Vaccination Site – Dr. Lynn Fasnacht

Dr. Fasnacht submitted photos of his experience at a mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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This Too Shall Pass – Erika Gist

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program remained steadfast despite the uncertainties...

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Kids In Need of Dentistry – Dr. Krista Barnes

Dr. Les Maes, DDS for Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) and donated supplies from KIND at the start of the 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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Emails to Patients During COVID-19 – Dr. Clayton

I started e-mailing my patients every Friday since we we had to close down last March. The e-mails have become a...

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Dental and Medical Collaboration During COVID-19 – Dr. Michael Suh

I am sharing my article titled “Dental and medical collaboration during COVID-19” published in June of 2020. The...

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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...

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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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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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A Senior Dentist Copes in the Time of Coronavirus – Dr. Richard Schilling

I practiced dentistry for 50 years. I no longer go to the office each day, but that does not mean that I am not...

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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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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...

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Masking Up With The Rest Of The Team – Dr. Melissa Nabors

We have stuffed fish hanging in front of our office windows that we dress up for holidays. When we returned to work...

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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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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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