Larry N Williams, DDS

Assistant Professor

Midwestern University
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI)
Science Hall, Room 211-T
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Office: (630) 515-6448


Bachelor of Arts Zoology University of Tennessee-Knoxville 1977
Doctor of Dental Surgery Dentistry University of Tennessee-Memphis 1982
American Board of General Dentistry Dentistry USAF 2-year General Dentistry Residency 1995


Tobacco Use Intervention- Policies, Clinical Cessation, and Provider Education

My work in tobacco use intervention has spanned over two decades.  During my 30 year career in the United States Navy Dental Corps I was heavily involved in addressing the intervention of healthcare providers as they treated patients who used tobacco products.  Additional work focused on tobacco use intervention policies in the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, and the VA. Upon retirement from the Navy I have been very active with the National Development and Research Institutes as they work to assist the military in evaluating their tobacco policies.  My current research has mostly been serving in a consultation role based on my previous experience in military tobacco issues. 

As a faculty member at Midwestern I have also become involved in clinical research.  The first project is one that looks at a popular internet topic on "Oil-Pulling".  This technique has been proposed by researchers in India to effectively remove stains and reduce plaque on the user's teeth.  This research in currently in the beginning stages of the project.

Another area of research focus will be on the health needs of geriatric patients.  Research will be developed to look at the recognition and treatment of anxiety in geriatric patients undergoing oral healthcare.  Another project will be to provide a needs assessment of geriatric patients residing in senior living facilities near the CDMI campus.

Getch, S., Anaya, E., Lee, M. M., Krumdick, N., Williams, L., & Workman, G. M. (Accepted, July, 2015: $6000.00).     An examination of dental anxiety in older adults within a university dental training clinic setting.  Submitted for funding through the Geriatric Research and Education Facilitation Grant through Midwestern University.

Tobacco-Related Publications

A content analysis of tobacco control policy in the U.S. Department of Defense. Hoffman KM, Poston WS, Jitnarin N, Jahnke SA, Hughey J, Lando HA, Williams LN, Haddock K. J Public Health Policy. 2011 Aug;32(3):334-49. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2011.6. Epub 2011 Mar 3.

Military tobacco policies: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Jahnke SA, Hoffman KM, Haddock CK, Long MA, Williams LN, Lando HA, Poston WS. Mil Med. 2011 Dec;176(12):1382-7.

Cigarette prices in military retail: a review and proposal for advancing military health policy. Haddock CK, Jahnke SA, Poston WS, Williams LN. Mil Med. 2013 May;178(5):563-9. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00517.

A longitudinal analysis of cigarette prices in military retail outlets. Haddock CK, Hyder ML, Poston WS, Jahnke SA, Williams LN, Lando H. Am J Public Health. 2014 Apr; 104(4):e82-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301660. Epub 2014 Feb 13.

Is it time for a tobacco-free military? Smith EA, Jahnke SA, Poston WS, Williams LN, Haddock CK, Schroeder SA, Malone RE. N Engl J Med. 2014 Aug 14;371(7):589-91. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1405976. Epub 2014 Jul 2.

Banning cigarette smoking on US Navy submarines: a case study. Lando HA, Michaud ME, Poston WS, Jahnke SA, Williams L, Haddock CK. Tob Control. 2014 Aug 27. pii: tobaccocontrol-2014-051624. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051624. [Epub ahead of print]. 

More help for patients trying to become tobacco-free. Williams LN. Gen Dent. 2004 Nov-Dec; 52(6):478-9.

Preventing 3 million premature deaths and helping 5 million smokers quit: a national action plan for tobacco cessation. Fiore MC, Croyle RT, Curry SJ, Cutler CM, Davis RM, Gordon C, Healton C, Koh HK, Orleans CT, Richling D, Satcher D, Seffrin J, Williams C, Williams LN, Keller PA, Baker TB. Am J Public Health. 2004 Feb; 94(2):205-10.

Dental team's role in tobacco cessation. Williams LN. Navy Med. 1997 Sep-Oct; 88(5):23-6.

Prevalence of tobacco use among first-term Air Force personnel before and after basic military training. Williams L, Gackstetter G, Fiedler E, Hermesch C, Lando H. Mil Med. 1996 Jun;161(6):318-23.

A survey to determine the knowledge of military members about the hazards of tobacco use, and a resulting tobacco-hazard education project. Burns JC, Williams LN Jr. J Cancer Educ. 1995 Spring;10(1):37-40.

Dental-Related Publications

An introduction to forensic dentistry. Williams LN. Gen Dent. 2013 Aug;61(5):16-17.

The risks of oral-genital contact: a case report. Williams LN. Gen Dent. 2002 May-Jun;50(3):282-4.

Aging, communication, and oral health. Williams LN. Gen Dent. 2015 Mar-Apr;63(2):16-7.