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Ronni Brown, DDS, MPH, FADI is a dentist, researcher, speaker and author who bridges the gap between dentistry, public health, and substance abuse.




With more than 30 years of experience as a public health leader, clinician, published researcher, speaker, and author, Ronni Brown, DDS, MPH, FADI has built a solid reputation as “the speaker you want” to deliver high-impact, powerful, and engaging presentations on the oral effects of addiction.

Her presentations are both inspired and informed by her current position as a community health planner developing strategic action plans that raise awareness of the  opioid epidemic and her years of experience treating patients whose oral health had been impacted by substance-use disorders. 


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“Dr. Brown is a thoughtful and enthusiastic speaker. 


She intersperses research with patient vignettes to provide a unique and evidence-based presentation that keeps all audience members engaged.”

Jennifer Clemens, DMD, MPH



Dr. Brown is recognized as a leading expert on the oral effects of substance abuse and her research on the impact of drug-use patterns on “meth mouth” severity has garnered international attention.


Dr. Brown recognizes both the satisfaction and challenges in improving “one smile at a time” and advocates for population-based strategies that improve the “overall health of all.” Her research studies on the impact of drug-use patterns on caries severity and harm reduction strategies for dental patients has garnered international attention. 

She is the author of the #1 best seller, “A State of Decay: Your Dental Guide to Understanding and Treating Meth Mouth”. Dr. Brown earned a bachelors, dental, and master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed a post-graduate dental practice residency at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, San Francisco and a dental public health residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, VOCO’s International Fellows, and the Academy of Dentistry International. 


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Dr. Brown is recognized as a leading expert on the oral effects of substance abuse and her research on the impact of drug-use patterns on “meth mouth” severity has garnered international attention.


Dr. Brown recognizes both the satisfaction and challenges in improving “one smile at a time” and advocates for population-based strategies that improve the “overall health of all.” Her research studies on the impact of drug-use patterns on caries severity and harm reduction strategies for dental patients has garnered international attention. 

She is the author of the #1 best seller, “A State of Decay: Your Dental Guide to Understanding and Treating Meth Mouth”. Dr. Brown earned a bachelors, dental, and master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed a post-graduate dental practice residency at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, San Francisco and a dental public health residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, VOCO’s International Fellows, and the Academy of Dentistry International. 


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My Story

Meet Dr. Brown

Dr Ronni Brown - evidence based dentistry presentations - treating the meth mouth
If anyone had ever told me that I would be a dentist who worked with inmates at a medium security correctional facility, I would have told them where to go and how fast to get there!

But it is true, real, cool, rewarding, and fascinating and has been my path and career direction for more than 20 years. It has opened my eyes to the magnitude of untreated dental disease that is experienced by so many people in our communities and the impact that substance abuse has on oral health.

I still remember my very first patient on my very first day of work.

He was 20 years old and when he opened his mouth, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing; teeth that were blackened, broken and rotted. I had to tell this young adult, whose life was just starting, that he needed to have all of his teeth extracted. But as my day continued, and even as the years have passed, I have come to realize that this patient was not just an isolated incidence of misfortune but reflected the growing use of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs used by patients in all walks of life. These drugs cause irreversible damage not just to their oral cavity but also to their lives; robbing them of their family, friends, physical and mental well-being, and even their freedom.

Dr Ronni Brown speaking at a dental meeting
In some ways, my work day has not changed much from that very first day.

Every single day, I see patients whose teeth have been destroyed by drugs that they have either smoked, swallowed, injected or snorted. What has changed, however, is the knowledge, communication, and treatment strategies that I have learned which allows me to provide predictable and high quality dental care to my patients.

As I speak internationally and across the country meeting dentists, hygienists, assistants and office personnel, I realize that almost every practice has patients with substance abuse disorders.

My presentations aim to provide all staff members with the skills necessary to become competent in recognizing, managing and treating these patients. I believe that if we educate ourselves about the perils of addiction then together we can treat our patients with confidence, sensitivity, and honesty.

-Dr. Ronni Brown

Dr Ronni Brown speaking at a dental conference in Germany - VOCO
Dr Ronni Brown speaking at a dental conference in Germany - VOCO
Dr Ronni Brown speaking at a dental conference in Germany - VOCO

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