Jonathan Shenkin, DDS, MPH


Jonathan Shenkin DDS

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin has been practicing pediatric dentistry in Maine since 2003.

Since 2003, he has been on the faculty of Boston University. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Health Policy, Health Services Research and Pediatric Dentistry in the School of Dental Medicine.

In November 2015, he completed a 2-year term as Vice President of the American Dental Association (ADA). At the time of his election, he was the youngest member of the Board of Trustees of the ADA in nearly 2 decades. He was President of the Maine Dental Association from 2009-2010.

In 2015, Dr. Shenkin was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award, and worked with pediatricians and dentists at the Belarusian State Medical University to train physicians about the oral health of children.

Since 2009, Dr. Shenkin has been a national media spokesperson on pediatric dentistry for the ADA.  He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, the Associated Press, Parents Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, NBC News, ABC News, Reuters Health, and many other national media outlets.   In 2012, The New York Times awarded Dr. Shenkin their “Quotation of the Day” regarding a story on increasing decay rates in children. He served as a member of the ADA’s Council on Communications from 2009-2013, and was elected the council’s Chair for 2012-13.  From 2010-11, he served as a liaison to the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs.

Before moving to Maine, Dr. Shenkin received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University.  He completed his pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Iowa, as well as a dental public health residency at the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Shenkin is Board certified in Pediatric Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.