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Dental Schools Advance Teaching to Improve Health

By Heather Horsey on May 16, 2017 in Clinic and Provider Tips


Dental schools leading industry innovations.

Dental schools of today are evolving their curriculum to ensure the dentists, dental hygienists and dental laboratory technicians of tomorrow are advancing the field and providing the best care to patients.

Here’s a look at some great innovations by dental schools:

Offering It All
Dental specialties require specialized training. But not all schools offer all specialties. The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is one of only 2 dental schools in the U.S. that offers a program in all dental specialties, making it easier for dental students in Iowa to become the specialist that they dreamed about. 

In addition, the University has a dedicated geriatric and special needs clinic on campus and also provides care via their dental mobile clinic.

Research Innovations
If a discovery by a Creighton University School of Dentistry faculty member continues to advance, the days of the dreaded dental drill-and-fill as the standard solution for tooth decay may be numbered. The discovery created a simple diagnostic liquid solution that can be applied to a tooth’s surface prior to a dental X-ray to help show dentists whether a tooth has decay or is pre-cavity.

Expanding Student Body to Serve Populations in Need
With Hong Kong facing a drastic storage of dentists, the University of Hong Kong increased its undergraduate admissions 40% to suit the city’s needs. Now its graduates make up two-thirds of all dentists in the city. In time, this response to need will help fill the void for oral healthcare practitioners.

If you are interested in getting into the dental fields, learn more about these and other programs