Larry Williams, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Associate Professor
Downers Grove, IL

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Dr. Larry Williams graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1982 with subsequent service of 30 years in the United States Navy Dental Corps.  He currently serves as an Associate Professor at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine- Illinois where provides mentorship and preclinical skill development to 1st and 2nd year dental students.  In addition to his educational duties, he is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Tobacco Cessation Subcommittee for the Illinois Tobacco Prevention and Control State Plan Work Group, and as a Board Member for the Skokie, Illinois Board of Health.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (Mastership-LLSR), and holds board certified status in the American Board of General Dentistry.  Dr. Williams is also a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and Academy of Dentistry International.  Dr. Williams recently served as the President of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and as President of the West Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society.  Dr. Williams completed his Masters of Public Health in May of 2017.

Associate Professor

Downers Grove, IL

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Northern Illinois University | 2017 | M.P.H.
Tennessee- Memphis | 1982 | D.D.S.
Tennessee- Knoxville Campus | 1977 | B.A.

Courses Taught

Numerous courses on the follwing topics:

- Periodontics for Preclinical Dental Students

- Tobacco, Vaping, and Cannabis

- Endodontics for Preclinical Students plus hands-on clinical simulation

- Local Anesthesia to include lectures and hands-on clinical implementation


Current topics of research inclue:

- Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

- Hands-on Simulation of Medical Emergencies in Dental Sxchool Curriculum

- Tobacco, Vaping, and Cannabis

- Automated Tooth Brushing- bench study

- Recogniizing Depression  in Dental Patients

- Recognizing Cognitive Issues in Dental Patients

- Recognizing Anxiety in Dental Patients



Fiore MC, Croyle RT, Curry SJ, ……, Williams LN, et al.  Preventing 3 million premature deaths and helping 5 million smokers quit: a national action plan for tobacco cessation. (2004). Am J Public Health, Feb; 94(2):205-10. 

Monestersky J, LaMar J, Williams L, & Lesko M. Preventing Chaos, Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic. (2008). Journal of Navy Medicine, January-February: 17-20.

Jahnke S, Hoffman, K, Haddock, K, Long M, Williams L, Lando H & Poston C. Military Tobacco Policies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. (2011). Mil Med. Dec; 176(12): 1382–1387.

Hoffman KM, Poston WS, Jitnarin N, Jahnke SA, Hughey J, Lando HA, & Williams LN, Haddock K. An Overview and Content Analysis of Tobacco Control Policy in the Department of Defense. (2011). Journal of Public Health. Aug; 32(3):334-49. Doi: 10.1057/jphp.2011.

Haddock CK, Jahnke SA, Poston WS, & Williams LN. Cigarette Prices in Military Retail: A Review and Proposal for Advancing Military Health Policy. (2013). Mil Med. May; 178(5): 563-569.

Williams, L. An introduction to forensic dentistry. (2013). Gen Dent, Aug: 61(5):16-7.

Williams, L. Message to our patients: you are what you eat, and your mouth shows it. (2014). Gen Dent, Jan/Feb, 62(1):27-9.

Haddock CK, Hyder ML, Poston WS, Jahnke SA, Williams LN, & Lando H. A Longitudinal Analysis of Cigarette Prices in Military Retail Outlets. (2014). Am J Public Health, Apr; 104(4): e82-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301660

Smith EA, Jahnke SA, Poston WS, Williams L, Haddock C, et al. Is It Time for a Tobacco-free Military? (2014). NEJM, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1405976

Williams, L. Aging, Communication, & Oral Health. (2015). Gen Dent, Mar-Apr; 63(2):16-7

Williams, L. One Health and Dentistry. (2015). Gen Dent, Sep-Oct; 63(5):20-2.

Williams, L., Addressing the caries treatment needs of geriatric patients, (2016). Gen Dent May/Jun; 64(3):10-12

Williams, L. Handwashing: what do I use and why? (2016). Gen Dent, Nov/Dec; 64(6):14-16

Williams, L. Hepatitis C: A serious public health concern. (2017). Gen Dent, May/June, 65(3): 10-11.

Drahos, G. and Williams, L. Addressing Polypharmacy with Medically Complex Patients (2017). AGD Impact, August; 24-26.

Drahos, G. and Williams, L. Addressing the emerging public health crisis of narcotic overdose, (2017). Gen Dent, September/October; 65(5):7-9.

Drahos, G. and Williams, L. Addressing the opioid public health crisis through education. (2017). Gen Dent, November/December; 65(6):17-19.

Williams, L. Disaster preparedness for the dental team. (2018), AGD Impact, Jan 2018.

Ramos M, Fernández CE, Williams L. Beyond restorative dentistry: preventive and interim care for underserved populations. (2018) Gen Dent, Mar-Apr; 66(2):7-9.

Kanjirath, P. and Williams, L., and Ramos, M. High-fidelity simulation training for management of dental emergencies. (2018). Gen Dent, July/August, 66(4):14-15.

Kanjirath, P., Williams, L The impact of taste perception on the health of the aging population. (2018). Gen Dent, Sep/Oct; 66(5):24-25

El-Maghraby, A. and Williams, L. Treating dental patients with autism spectrum disorder. (2019). Gen Dent, March/April; 67(2):14-16.

Williams, L.  Understanding and addressing patients’ use of tobacco. (2019). Gen Dent, July/August; 67(4):16-18.

Kanjirath, P., Ramos, M., and Williams, L.  Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: Are You Prepared? AGD Impact, August 2019, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 24-29.

Ramos, M. and Williams, L., Vaccines and Immunizations: Protecting Our Patients, Gen Dent, Nov/Dec, 2019, 67(6): 8-11.


American Dental Association (ADA)

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

International College of Dentists (ICD)

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

American Public Health Association

American College of Dentists (ACD)

Academy of Dentistry International (ADI)

Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP)

Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA)

 The Odontographic Society of Chicago (OSC)