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About the Department of Dental Medicine

The Department of Dental Medicine was formed within the UNM School of Medicine in 1999. With oral health becoming an important priority for the UNM Health Sciences Center, the department is committed to enhancing oral health statewide by promoting dental education, research and clinical service.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Dental Medicine is to provide education and clinical programs to train dental health professionals in dental education, clinical services, community health and research to improve oral health in New Mexico.

Our Vision

The UNM School of Medicine has always emphasized primary care, which includes dentistry. Poor oral health has been linked to a host of health woes, such as heart disease and diabetes, yet too many New Mexicans fail to receive routine preventive dental care. UNM and community health providers continue to team up to address this problem by incorporating oral health into a team-based primary care setting.

The Department of Dental Medicine continues to develop interprofessional collaborations with the College of Nursing, Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, the Center for Development and Disabilities and maternal and infant programs in the belief that dentists own dentistry, but not oral health. Read more (HSC NewsBeat).