40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

ASHTON A. PRINCE

  • St. George, Utah
  • Bloomington Courtyard Dental

Age:

35

Name of Practice:

Bloomington Courtyard Dental

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DMD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Prince is a third-generation dentist who brings global expertise to his community and peers in southern Utah. He helped put together a Seattle Study Club in his town, and for five years, it has gathered some 30 dentists for monthly clinical-expertise and training seminars.

Philosophy

“Communication to increase patient education is the No. 1
concept I focus on,” says Dr. Prince, who heads the dental advisory board at his undergraduate alma mater, Dixie State University. “If someone is able to understand what’s happening to their teeth as much as I do, they’ll be much more likely to care for their teeth and make educated treatment decisions.”

Something People Don’t Know

“I’m terrified of heights.”

Most Memorable Patient

A man who suffered so badly from loose and infected teeth that he chewed his food with his lips. “He didn’t feel like he could smile or even kiss his wife,” Dr. Prince says. After extensive work, the patient was able to eat steak for the first time in years. More importantly, his relationship with his wife has since improved. “It was one of those true life-changing moments for him, and I was honored to be able to help.”