Department of Dental Medicine
The University of New Mexico's Department of Dental Medicine in Albuquerque provides education and enhanced oral health throughout the state by promoting dental education, research and clinical service. As a student in our program, you'll receive excellent training in dental education, and have opportunities to learn in clinical and community health settings, as well as participate in research to improve oral health in New Mexico.
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.
History of Dental Medicine
While the UNM Department of Dental Medicine was formed in 2011, its story began in 1962, with the creation of a dental hygiene program within the UNM Division of Dental Hygiene. In 1999, the university began hiring dentists with the goal of beginning a dental residency, and in 2004, the Division of Dental Services started the first dental residency program in the state.
Since its inception, the school has educated the majority of dental hygienists practicing in New Mexico. The Department of Dental Medicine continues to develop interprofessional collaborations with the College of Nursing, Family Medicine and Pediatrics departments, the Center for Development and Disabilities and maternal and infant programs in the belief that dentists own dentistry, but not oral health.
State-of-the-Art Dental Clinic
The Novitski Dental Clinic is housed within a newly renovated space in Novitski Hall on UNM's North Campus. The UNM Health Sciences Center continues to invest in academic and clinic programs that benefit our students and the community. Please join us in supporting this initiative to provide quality dental care for New Mexicans with disabilities.