School of Dentistry Building Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner surrounded by UTHealth dental students after his speech in the Cooley Center. The University of Texas Dental Branch Building, circa 2009

Diversity & Inclusion Week:  Celebrating differences, practicing kindness

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner helped kick off the School of Dentistry's second annual Diversity and Inclusion Week when he spoke in the Cooley Center on the first of six days of activities and events designed to promote understanding and cultural insight at the school. 

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Dental Branch Building to be demolished in 2020

The University of Texas Board of Regents has approved $11.3 million for demolition of the building that was home to UT Dental Branch (now known as UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry) from 1954 to 2012.

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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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February 27, 2020
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On Feb. 11, 2020, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston celebrated its 115th anniversary. Faculty, staff, students, residents, and guests filled the halls of the fourth-floor Alumni Circle early that morning to show their appreciation for the school and those who helped make the institution what it is today.


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February 19, 2020

The Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association chose Kristen Valenzuela as Outstanding Student in Texas and named Ruth Conn, RDH, MSDH, winner of the outstanding teaching award at TDHA's Annual Meeting in San Marcos.