Category: Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Dental Plans Under the ACA: Will They Increase Access to Care?

October 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Maine’s Dr. Jonathan Shenkin promoted at Boston University

September 18th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Health & Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

(Boston) – Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine promoted Dr. Jonathan Shenkin from clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor in the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Health Policy & Health Services Research effective September 1, 2013.  Dr. Shenkin has been a part-time faculty member at Boston University since 2003.

Dr. Shenkin maintains private practices in pediatric dentistry in Augusta, and Waterville, Maine, and is well-known as a spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA) for pediatric dentistry topics. He regularly comments on public policy issues related to tobacco, unhealthy beverages, and a broad range of dental topics.

Dr. Shenkin’s early policy efforts centered on reducing the availability of soda in public schools. He was appointed to the Maine Legislature’s Commission to Study Public Health, and served as the chair of the subcommittee on Children, Nutrition and Schools. This role led to an invitation by the Institute of Medicine to serve on an expert panel on school nutrition.

Later policy efforts focused on banning smoking in cars with children, leading to the successful effort to ban smoking in cars in Bangor, Maine, the first city in the nation to do so. He later led the successful effort on the state level in Maine.

His current interests are in clinical decision making by pediatric and general dentists. He continues his long term interest in reducing the dental disease risk among young children.

Dr. Shenkin currently serves as chair of the ADA’s Council on Communications for 2012-13. He is a past president of the Maine Dental Association, and a longtime consultant on nutrition and community issues to the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

He earned a DDS from Columbia University in New York. He also received an MPH and Certificate in Health Care Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He completed a dental public health residency at the National Institutes of Health.


Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

In Nursing Homes, an Epidemic of Poor Dental Hygiene

August 4th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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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 by looking in people’s mouths, because it’s one of the last things to be taken care of. Aides change someone’s Depends, change a catheter or turn somebody every few hours, but teeth often don’t get brushed twice a day.”

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Another View: Dental hygienist bill does not address Maine’s oral health needs

June 18th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

Portland Press Herald
By Jonathan Shenkin, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Maine dentists continue to correct misleading information disseminated by a number of interest groups, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, seeking to pass a bill to create a new dental provider type allowed to drill, fill and extract teeth and dispense medications without a dentist on site…

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Ask Well: Replacing a Dental Crown

May 10th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Dan Nathanson, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Gold crowns do not need to be replaced simply because they are decades old…

Expert quote:

“The additional loss of tooth structure by the drilling is negligible and inconsequential, versus no treatment.”

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Cleaning up the facts about Maine dental care

May 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

Bangor Daily News
By Jonathan Shenkin, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Let’s begin our discussion on oral health care with good news: As of 2011, third graders in Maine have the second lowest rate of untreated tooth decay in the nation, according to state data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Expands Elective Externship Program to Two University Sites in China

April 8th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments


Contact: Mary Becotte:  617-638-5147,

Boston—Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) will expand its Global Elective Externship program during the 2013–14 academic year to include an exchange program with two institutions in China: Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Stomatology (SJUSS), located in Shanghai, and the Fourth Military Medical University School of Stomatology (FMMUSS), located in Xi’an. GSDM students and residents will have the opportunity to do one- or two-week rotations in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery under supervision by SJUSS and FMMUSS faculty. In return, GSDM will accept students and scholars from SJUSS and FMMUSS for clinical observation and/or research experience in various specialties at GSDM.

In his Strategy for a Global University, Boston University President Robert A. Brown states, “I believe that the future success and impact of Boston University as a great private research university will be interwoven with our presence as a truly global university in the 21st century.” Through these new exchange programs with FMMUSS and SJUSS, GSDM plans to extend its international dental externship program initiatives and to help fulfill the mission President Brown writes about. GSDM Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter said, “It is an honor and privilege to contribute to the global profile of this great University.”

The two-week externship training program at GSDM has already provided fourth-year DMD students at GSDM the chance to travel to Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and Jamaica for rotations. These rotations allow opportunities for the continued growth of the students’ clinical and critical thinking skills in treating diverse patient populations, along with the development of their cultural competencies. The externship locations in China will provide the added opportunity of observing and assisting in clinical practice in a hospital setting.

GSDM provides exemplary Advanced Specialty Education Programs in the recognized specialty areas of Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. Students and residents from SJUSS and FMMUSS will benefit from observing world renowned leaders in dental specialties and patient treatment in technologically advanced settings, along with research being conducted in Biomaterials & Restorative Sciences, Health Policies & Health Services, Molecular & Cell Biology, and Oral Biology.

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Maine dentists support bill to improve children’s oral health

March 14th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers 0 comments

Maine Insights
Jonathan Shenkin, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Maine dentists today spoke in support of Senator Geoffrey Gratwick’s legislation to encourage daily oral health for Maine children…

Expert quote:

“Reinforcing tooth brushing at an early age will build healthy behaviors that will continue for a lifetime.”

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Bill Sees Role For Dental Practitioners In Mass.

March 10th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Paula Friedman, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Dental hygienists with advanced training could perform certain procedures now reserved for dentists, including routine fillings and tooth extractions, under a bill that supporters believe would improve access to oral health care for low-income Massachusetts residents and underprivileged children…

Expert quote:

“It clearly is a major change in the practice paradigm in oral health. I have real concerns about safety of the public from someone who has only had 18 months of postsecondary education. The reality is that many people feel four years of dental school is not enough to teach people what they need to know.”

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Kids on food stamps don’t eat any healthier: study

March 7th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Hershel Jick, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers, Reuters 0 comments

Jonathan Shenkin, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Children whose families are on food stamps are just as likely to be overweight and obese as other low-income youth, a new study suggests…

Expert quote:

“The true intent of the program was to provide as much optimal nutrition as possible to the people who are in the program.”

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