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UTHealth, U.S. VETS Partner to Host the First 'Give Vets a Smile Day'

The first “Give Vets a Smile” Day meant free dental care for approximately 50 veterans on Nov. 13, thanks to UTHealth's School of Dentistry, School of Nursing and U.S. VETS of Houston.  

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New Initiative Connects Students, Retirees for Better Oral Health

A new working partnership between UTHealth School of Dentistry and Holly Hall Retirement Community stands to benefit students and retirees alike. 


About Our School

Since its founding in 1905, The University of Texas School of Dentistry (UTSD) at Houston has graduated more than 10,000 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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November 18, 2015
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The first “Give Vets a Smile” Day meant free dental care for approximately 50 veterans on Nov. 13, thanks to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston...


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Featured Events

  • Female dental student explaining scientific poster to three observers

    UTHealth School of Dentistry
    Student Table Clinic

    Students and residents present their research; winners are chosen on the basis of scientific merit and receive awards from the Houston Chapter - AADR. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cooley Conference Center.

    Jan. 12, 2016

  • Dr. Kimberly Ruona

    Mastering the Terms & Codes:
    Being in the Driver’s Seat

    Sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning and presented by Associate Dean for Patient Care Kimberly Ruona, DDS. Set for 9 to 9:50 a.m.. SOD 4320

    Dec. 1, 2015

  • Dr. Joe Ontiveros and Dr. Magda Eldiwany

    Esthetic Materials & Composites:
    A Hands-on Experience

    Continuing education course presented by Drs. Joe C. Ontiveros and Magda S. Eldiwany. Learn which esthetic materials are effective and predictable, plus the best options. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., SOD 4310.

    Dec. 4, 2015

  • Facial photo of child wearing yellow safety glasses while gloved dentist examines teeth

    Oral Health America Celebration
    & Brush-a-Thon

    A celebration of the clinical partnership that helps save the smiles of over 1,000 Houston-area children annually. From 9:30 to 11 a.m., The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center.

    Dec. 16, 2015