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School of Dentistry Building 100 masked dental students in blue scrubs sit in socially distanced chairs Dr. Debra Stewart teaches children about oral hygiene in an open-air pavilion where the children are seated far apart.

DDS Class of 2014:  Together for the first time

When Dean John Valenza, DDS, snapped this photo before addressing the dental Class of 2024 this week, he didn't realize initially that it was the first time all 100+ had been together in person. Classes began online in August, but only half the students are ever on campus at the same time. Staggered clinics and labs make room for social distancing in the era of COVID-19.

Dental van team teaches oral hygiene at YMCA day camps

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UTSD had to suspend mobile dental van operations during the summer. Even so, the school’s mobile dental van team wanted to reach out to the community in some capacity, so it was decided to do so with oral hygiene education

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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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September 17, 2020
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UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston Dean and Distinguished Teaching Professor John Valenza, DDS, has announced the Dean’s Excellence Award winners for 2020.  


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September 02, 2020

UTHealth Professor Emerita Millicent E. “Mimi” Goldschmidt, PhD, is part of the inaugural cohort of Fellows at Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. Sigma Xi is an international research honor society for scientists and engineers.