UTSD has begun phased reopening, although clinics remain closed, except to treat emergencies for patients of record. Read more ...

School of Dentistry Building Dr. Scott Makins a 3D-printed face shields for a UT Dentist employee Mother-daughter duo, Rhonda and Kristen Valenzuela, make cloth masks at their dining room table.

UTSD professor donates face shields 3D-printed by niece

Securing enough personal protective equipment to keep health care workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a problem everywhere, but it has inspired some successful outside-the-box thinking. When Dr. Scott Makins learned of an unusual new source for face shields, he bought hundreds for use by UT Dentists while providing emergency care during the pandemic.

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Sewing hope: Dental hygiene student Kristen Valenzuela has a passion for helping the community

For Kristen Valenzuela, a dental hygiene student at UTHealth, finding ways to give back to the Houston community during the COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate was a no-brainer. When she discovered her old sewing machine in the garage, the idea of making masks took off. 

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UTSD Houston

Since its founding in 1905, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has graduated more than 10,000 dentists, dental hygienists and postgraduate generalists and specialists. The school is part of UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), joining schools of medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences and biomedical informatics.

The School of Dentistry offers 10 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two general residency programs and six advanced education programs, including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics, plus dual-degree programs in partnership with the School of Public Health and McGovern Medical School. Preceptor programs are also available.

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Our dental school has served Southeast Texas since 1905, providing a broad range of services, from fillings to reconstructive surgery. Patients are cared for by students and residents under faculty supervision.

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Each year, we enroll 100 DDS and 40 dental hygiene students. UTSD students gain clinical skills at on-site clinics, hospitals, and through community outreach projects. Advanced and continuing education programs are offered as well.

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UTSD excels in several areas of research, including the biomedical and clinical sciences, education, dental informatics, and much more. Our research programs benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and world-renowned faculty.


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July 29, 2020
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Four UTSD alumni are among 14 nominees for 2020 Texas Dentist of the Year™, an award presented annually by the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, while another four alumni are competing for the title of Texas New Dentist of the Year. 


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June 18, 2020

In a presentation to the National Rural Health Association's 43rd Annual Conference, Dr. Margo Melchor and Dr. Debra Stewart discussed the impact UTSD's dental van is having in East Texas.