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Scott B. Schwartz, DDS, MPH

  • Program Director, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I deliver quality, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care based on the best available evidence.



My desire to become a dentist started in high school when I shadowed my own pediatric dentist. When I was in dental school, a pediatric dental instructor named Larry Salzmann inspired me to pursue an academic career to stay on the leading edge of patient care.

As a pediatric dentist, I provide evidence-based pediatric dental care that emphasizes prevention, minimally invasive approaches and the medical management of dental disease. I deliver quality, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care based on the best available evidence. Being a pediatric dentist is a unique opportunity to shape present and future attitudes about nutrition, oral health and general well-being. I counsel my patients on ways they can keep their teeth healthy and cavity-free.

New evidence suggests that doing less may provide more immediate and long-term benefits. There are many ways to address dental disease with a minimally invasive and scientific approach, as dentists now have more tools in their toolbox than ever before. I believe engaging patients and their families in the best treatment modality can improve patient satisfaction and outcomes.

In my research, I’m looking at oral health disparities, which happens when patients receive suboptimal dental care or cannot access or pay for quality dental care. These gaps exist in various populations nationwide, including here in southwestern Ohio. I have invested significant research into determining the needs of and improving oral health for the LGBTQIA+ youth in particular. With my background in public health, I am also interested in examining the relationship between dental costs and quality of care.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy working out, cooking, and baking all types of breads and desserts.

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Pediatric Dentistry Program Directors' Resident Assessment Techniques. Cully, JL; Schwartz, SB. Pediatric Dentistry. 2022; 44:38-44.

Transgender youth and oral health: a qualitative study. Macdonald, DW; Grossoehme, DH; Mazzola, A; Pestian, T; Schwartz, SB. Journal of LGBT Youth. 2022; 19:1-15.

Understanding and Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth by the Oral Health Care Provider. Raisin, JA; Adkins, D; Schwartz, SB. Dental Clinics of North America. 2021; 65:705-717.

Caregiver acceptance of an anticipated COVID-19 vaccination. Marquez, RR; Gosnell, ES; Thikkurissy, S; Schwartz, SB; Cully, JL. Journal of the American Dental Association. 2021; 152:730-739.

Preferential Use of Stainless Steel Crowns as a Strategy to Minimize Retreatment of Primary Molars under General Anesthesia. Patel, RV; Thikkurissy, S; Schwartz, SB; Gosnell, ES; Sun, Q; Cully, JL. Pediatric Dentistry. 2021; 43:24-27.

Oral Sex Knowledge and Experience of Transgender Youth: An Opportunity for Dental Education. Macdonald, DW; Grossoehme, DH; Mazzola, A; Pestian, T; Schwartz, SB. Journal of Dental Education. 2020.

ADEA Faculty Diversity Toolkit: A Comprehensive Approach to Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Dental Education. Schwartz, SB; Smith, SG; Johnson, KR. Journal of Dental Education. 2020; 84:279-282.

Sexual orientation-related oral health disparities in the United States. Schwartz, SB; Sanders, AE; Lee, JY; Divaris, K. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2019; 79:18-24.

The Argument for Entrustable Professional Activities in Pediatric Dentistry. Cully, JL; Schwartz, S. Pediatric Dentistry. 2019; 41:427-428.

Supporting and Caring for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Individuals in the Dental Practice. Conard, LA E; Schwartz, SB. Journal of Dentistry for Children. 2019; 86:173-179.

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