Judith Jones

Professor and Chair, Department of General Dentistry
Director, Center for Clinical Research

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DDS, MPH, University of North Carolina
DScD, Boston University

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Dr. Jones is professor and chair of the Department of General Dentistry. Dr. Jones served three years in the U.S. Public Health Services from 1980 to 1983 and then joined the VA-Bedford in 1983. She completed a Dentist-Geriatric Fellowship Program with the VA and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1985, and directed the… Read more

Dr. Jones is professor and chair of the Department of General Dentistry. Dr. Jones served three years in the U.S. Public Health Services from 1980 to 1983 and then joined the VA-Bedford in 1983. She completed a Dentist-Geriatric Fellowship Program with the VA and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1985, and directed the VA Geriatric Fellowship Program (1985–1992), the Geriatric Dental Program (1985–1994), and served as chief of the Dental Service from 1994–1998. She was awarded the VA Career Development Award in Health Services Research (1998–2001) and served as head of the Outcomes Section at the VA Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research from 2001 to 2003, when she retired from federal service. At Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, she was an adjunct assistant professor of periodontology and oral biology from 1990 to 1998, associate professor of health policy and health services research and later general dentistry from 1999 to 2005, and was promoted to professor of general dentistry in November of 2005. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research from the International Association for Dental Research and in 2009 she received the American Dental Education Association’s Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation for a Dental Educator.

Over the past two decades Dr. Jones has made significant contributions to the state of the knowledge about long-term oral health care, measuring oral health outcomes from patients’ perspectives, and the relationship between oral and systemic diseases.

 

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    • Dental Insurance That Will Save Your Smile

      December 15, 2015

      Consumer Reports Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Doling out the cash to get a toothache treated can hurt almost as much as the tooth itself… Expert quote: “The quality of care is excellent.” View full article

    • Why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly

      December 7, 2015

      Washington Post Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Ada Anderson tried to prepare her 80-year-old mother for her dental visit. She gave her medication to quell her anxiety, and they rehearsed opening her mouth wide… Expert quote: “You have people who have maintained their oral health their entire lives, only to see it go […]

    • Too old for cavities? Think again, dentists say

      June 18, 2015

      USA Today Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Alice Boghosian, a dentist in Niles, Ill., says she was working on an 87-year-old patient recently when she discovered a cavity and exclaimed, “You have got to be kidding me.”… Expert quote: “It’s as much a problem in seniors as it is in kids.” View full […]

    • Too old for cavities? Think again, dentists say

      February 8, 2015

      USA Today Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Alice Boghosian, a dentist in Niles, Ill., says she was working on an 87-year-old patient recently when she discovered a cavity and exclaimed, “You have got to be kidding me.”… Expert quote: “It’s as much a problem in seniors as it is in kids.” View full […]

    • There is More to Your Mouthwash Than a Minty Taste

      January 12, 2015

      Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine People gargle mouthwash thinking it will get rid of bad breath, but that is the minty liquid’s least effective function… Expert quote: “Daily fluoride rinses work really well. It’s as good as getting two fluoride treatments.” View full article

    • Tending to Unmet Dental Needs, a Root of Elder Hunger

      January 2, 2015

      Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine For many homebound seniors, the biggest challenge to staving off hunger and getting needed nutrition isn’t having money to buy food or the physical or cognitive ability to prepare it… Expert quote: “It’s not sexy. Dental care for kids is what people are […]

    • Long-in-the-Tooth Dental Advice

      November 19, 2014

      New York Times (subscription required) Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Terry O’Brien, 73, a retired administrative assistant in Billerica, Mass., recently had to make a tough decision about her dental care… View full article quoting expert Judith Jones

    • Five Dental Choices For Retirees

      October 19, 2014

      Investor’s Business Daily Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Susan Grossman has certainly been through the ringer with dental work. Over the past decade, she’s shelled out some $100,000 for bone replacements, teeth removals and cappings, and most recently, a bridge covering 10 teeth. And there’s still more necessary work ahead… Expert quote: “They […]

    • Dental Work in the ER: The MA Pull to Extract It

      June 16, 2014

      Public News Service Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Since severe cuts were made in 2010 to MassHealth adult dental benefits, more Commonwealth residents have turned to emergency rooms, where the pain from tooth and gum ailments is addressed, but the cause often goes untreated… Expert quote: “Most of the studies that have documented […]

    • In Nursing Homes, an Epidemic of Poor Dental Hygiene

      August 4, 2013

      New York Times Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine Katherine Ford visited her father, Dean Piercy, a World War II veteran with dementia, at a nursing home in Roanoke, Va., for months before she noticed the dust on his electric toothbrush… Expert quote: “I always say you can measure quality in a nursing home […]

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