The College of Dentistry seeks to continually improve the oral health of the people of Nebraska through outreach to underserved populations. We feel that, as a state supported institution, we have a purposeful responsibility to be part of the dental safety net for the State of Nebraska, helping to provide information, instruction and oral health care to underserved populations across the state.

Our community outreach programs allow students, faculty and staff to volunteer their time and talents to provide services to underserved populations that have little or no access to oral health care.

Children's Dental Day

Students and faculty provide free dental screenings, cleaning and care to underserved children in Nebraska. Started in 2001, over 4,500 children have been treated and the services provided are valued at over $2M.  Learn more


Clinic with a Heart

Students and faculty volunteer their time to provide free oral health screenings and extractions at Clinic with a Heart, an organization that provides health care to underserved populations in Lincoln. Each week about 15-20 patients, many with complex oral health problems, receive care.  Learn more



Students and faculty provide free dental care to the underserved twice each year through Student Health Alliance Reaching Indigent Needy Groups (SHARING) clinics. Patients are primarily referred from Clinic with a Heart. Up to 100 patients are seen at each SHARING clinic.  Learn more


Nebraska Mission of Mercy

Students and faculty participate in Nebraska Mission of Mercy events, providing care to the uninsured and under-insured. Families travel from remote areas of Nebraska and surrounding states to receive dental care.  Learn more


Sealant Program

Dental hygiene students provide examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatment and sealants in 15 schools in Omaha, 7 schools in Lincoln and 4 sites in the Panhandle. Annually, over 2,000 children receive care.  Learn more



The college began using distance learning technologies to begin a dental hygiene satellite program in Gering, and used that experience to develop teledentistry capability. This gives rural practitioners the opportunity to conduct patient consults via two way audio-video with dental specialists at the college.


Rural Placement of Graduates

Graduates of the College of Dentistry serve patients in rural Nebraska.  Learn more