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Ceremony Marks Opening of New Colgate Oral Wellness Center at UTSD

A grant from Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals has helped create an ideal setting for teaching patients about oral hygiene and discussing oral health risk factors. 

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New Confocal Microscope Aids Research at UTSD

A new confocal microscope system at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston is advancing biological imaging by allowing researchers to examine even thick-tissue specimens in a quick and cost-effective way.


About Our School

Since its founding in 1905, The University of Texas School of Dentistry (UTSD) at Houston has graduated more than 11,000 dentists, dental hygienists and postgraduate generalists and specialists. The school joined UT System in 1943 and became part of UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in 1972. UTHealth is the most comprehensive academic health university in Texas, uniting schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences and biomedical informatics.

Currently, the School of Dentistry offers 10 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two primary care general residency programs, and six specialty programs, including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry and prosthodontics. The school's oral and maxillofacial surgery program offers two tracks: a certificate-only program, and one leading to both a certificate and an MD degree from UTHealth Medical School.

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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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September 30, 2015
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With the snip of a ribbon, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry opened its new Colgate Oral Wellness Health Center on Sept...


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Featured Events

  • CDE Course for Dental Hygienists & Assistants

    CDE Course for Dental Hygienists & Assistants

    A bonus for you!
    Join your fellow dental hygienists and assistants as we set sail from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico for four fun-filled days aboard the Carnival Elation.
    Oct. 8-12, 2015

  • Dean John Valenza at lectern

    All UTSD Staff Invited
    to Town Hall Meeting

    Dean John Valenza invites all classified and A&P staff at the School of Dentistry to a Town Hall Meeting in the Fullerton Classroom, SOD 4310.
    Oct. 13, 2015

  • Oral Cancer Walk for Awareness

    Oral Cancer Walk for Awareness to Include Free Screenings

    UTHealth School of Dentistry is an official sponsor of this annual event, which features oral cancer screenings, in addition to the walk itself. Free for children and oral cancer survivors.
    Oct. 17, 2015

  • Texas flag with Texas Reception information

    Calling All Graduates
    of Texas Dental Schools!

    The three dental schools in Texas will co-host an alumni reception during the ADA’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. If you’ll be attending the meeting, stop by for some Texas hospitality!
    Nov. 6, 2015