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It is the mission of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene to be recognized locally, nationally and internationally for innovative and contemporary didactic and clinical education curricula, cutting-edge research and scholarly activity, compassionate patient care, and service to the school and the community.

We aspire to be the model program for the 21st century, dedicated to advancing the health of the people of Texas, the nation and our global community. We will do this by educating compassionate health care professionals and innovative scientists, and through discovering and translating advances in the social and biomedical sciences to treat, cure and prevent disease now and in the future.