Reimagining the Future of Dentistry with Melissa Turner & Sonya Dunbar | Live with Bottleneck

On today’s episode of Live with Bottleneck, our guests Melissa Turner and Sonya Dunbar talk about reimagining the future of dentistry with regards to virtual care, care delivery, and new technologies.

Melissa Turner is an influencer and dental advisor, among other things. She is the Chief Hygiene Officer for Cellerant Consulting, and also the co-founder of the National Mobile Teledentistry Conference.

Sonya Dunbar is a Registered Dental Hygienist, a national public speaker, and an entrepreneur.  She is also a Key Opinion Leader on culture and diversity for Crest and Oral-B.

If you’re interested to know more about the future of dentistry, stay tuned to this episode.

Who are Melissa Turner and Sonya Dunbar?

Melissa Turner has several titles. She is a BASDH, RDHEP, and an EFDA. She is also an award-winning thought leader and a nationally-published author and speaker. She is the creator of the I Heart Dentistry Network, a podcast host, and has a popular Instagram account, where she is known affectionately as @thetoothgirl.

Sonya Dunbar is known as the Geriatric Toothfairy. She is a TEDx and national public speaker with over 28 years of dental experience. She has extensive knowledge in private practice, skilled nursing facilities, and academia. Sonya is also a successful cultural diversity workplace coach. Her job is to increase cultural awareness, knowledge, and communication through interactive educational workshops. She is also a known philanthropist.

The Future of Dental Practice

Melissa and Sonya are all about revolutionizing dentistry. Where once it was a practice they execute in clinics, where their patients visit, now, the clinics are visiting the patients.

They are in agreement that the future of dentistry lie in teledentistry and mobile dentistry. It’s those dentists who think outside of the box, out of the “brick and mortar practice” of dentistry that are able to create and execute mobile and teledentistry.

“Some people will never walk back into a dental office, but they will allow you to walk through their doors. Mobile dentistry and teledentistry are here to stay.” – Sonya Dunbar

Creating an Entire New World of Dentistry

Melissa and Sonya encourage practicing and new dentists to think outside of the box. Whether it’s opening up a private consultation online for patients, or having a roving clinic, it’s all about innovation.

Sonya explains the difference between mobile and teledentistry, and what it means is mobile dentistry is bringing the clinic to the patients house. With teledentistry, a dentist can conduct an exam virtually, and make a diagnosis on the patient.

Since more and more people are choosing not to go out of their houses and rely on telehealthcare, Sonya and Melissa are actually catching up.

Telehealthcare has been around for a long time, even before the pandemic. This just means that these dentists’ efforts to normalize mobile and teledentistry is giving more people more options to take care of their health.

Dentistry has always had a traditional practice, and Melissa and Sonya are changing that, allowing other dental practitioners to reach their patients beyond the clinics.

For more information on the future of dentistry, continue listening to this episode.


Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA, an award-winning thought leader, influencer, and dental advisor, is chief hygiene officer for Cellerant Consulting. She is co-creator of Oral Health United and is a nationally published author and speaker. Cofounder of the National Mobile Teledentistry Conference and The Denobi Awards, Turner is the creator of the I Heart Dentistry Network, podcast host, and is affectionately known on Instagram as @thetoothgirl.

Sonya Dunbar, also known as the Geriatric Toothfairy, is a Registered Dental Hygienist, TEDx, and national public speaker guided by over 28 years of dental experience in private practice, skilled nursing facilities, and academia. Sonya is a serial entrepreneur and successful cultural diversity workplace coach who increases cultural awareness, knowledge, and communication through interactive educational workshops. She is a Key Opinion Leader on culture and diversity for Crest & Oral-B and a known philanthropist.

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