Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
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|Dean||Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky|
|Phone Number||(214) 828-8100|
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[update] had an enrollment of 594.
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.
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. 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."
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. An M.D. program is offered in conjunction with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 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.[better source needed] It is the largest single provider of oral health care services in the Metroplex. 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.