Texas A&M University College of Dentistry

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Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Established1905
DeanDr. Lawrence Wolinsky
Location
Dallas
,
Texas
CampusUrban
Phone Number(214) 828-8100
Websitedentistry.tamhsc.edu/

Coordinates: 32°47′21″N 96°46′55″W / 32.7890603°N 96.78207°W / 32.7890603; -96.78207

The Texas A&M College of Dentistry, located in Dallas, Texas, United States, is the dental school of Texas A&M University and is a component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

The school provides the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Dental Hygiene degrees, and graduate training in 8 dental specialties and as of February 2013 had an enrollment of 594.[1]

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The College of Dentistry started over 100 years ago as the State Dental College, a privately operated three-year school which had four graduates in its first class.[2]

In 1918 the school's operations were taken over by Baylor University and the school was renamed Baylor University School of Dentistry.[2]

The State of Texas took over operations in 1971, creating a non-profit corporation and renaming the school Baylor College of Dentistry. In 1996, the College of Dentistry was placed under the auspices of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. In 1997, through its Center for TeleHealth, TAMBCD became the nation's first dental school to successfully demonstrate the use of telecommunications technology for dental medicine through a long-distance patient consultation between dentists at the BCD campus and 175 dental professionals convened in Orlando, Florida.[citation needed] On June 1, 2016 Texas A&M announced that as of August 1, 2016, the dental school would be officially renamed "Texas A&M College of Dentistry."[2]

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TAMCD offers a four-year program leading to a doctor of dental surgery degree; a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene; several master's degree programs and a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences; and post-doctoral degrees in the dental specialties.[1] An M.D. program is offered in conjunction with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.[citation needed] The school also offers Continuing Education.

Almost two-thirds of all the dentists in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex received their education at the College of Dentistry, and more than one-third of all dentists in Texas are graduates of the college; more than 9000 dentists and hygienists have graduated from the college.[1][better source needed] It is the largest single provider of oral health care services in the Metroplex.[citation needed] Each year, the college completes more than 103,500 patient care visits, 45 percent of which benefit low-income individuals. Of the care it provides, the college donates $3.3 million in services to the community. The college produces the nation's only syndicated, weekly dental health news program, Dental Health Check.[citation needed]

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