DDS: Recognizing diversity in dentistry

March 1, 2021
The "stars lined up" for these three dental organizations to join forces and form the Diverse Dental Society. With camaraderie and a stronger voice, the DDS can reach more people and do more good.

After years of working well together as independent organizations, the Hispanic Dental Association, National Dental Association, and the Society of American Indian Dentists joined forces to form the Diverse Dental Society. Together their voices will help more diverse populations not only succeed in the dental field, but reach diverse populations for care, as well.

DDS president Dr. Anna Munné explains that the organization was formed Aparil 20, 2020, so getting members together has been impossible during COVID-19. In the meantime they. have successfully met virtually and conducted a contest that was a big success. They're looking forward to gathering in person but are making the most of their time now.

They not only want to boost the dental careers of diverse communities, but also encourage diverse people to consider a career in dentistry, explains Dr. Munné. They're also focused on elevating the oral care needs of diverse communiites through education, outreach, and advocacy.

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Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ and editorial co-director of Through the Loupes. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected]