As a state supported institution, the UNMC College of Dentistry has a purposeful responsibility to be part of the dental safety net for the State of Nebraska. Our outreach activities allow our students, faculty and staff to provide information, instruction and oral health care to underserved populations across the state.
See how we improve the oral health of the people of Nebraska through outreach to underserved populations.
College of Dentistry Outreach Programs
- Children's Dental Day
Students, staff and faculty volunteer their time to provide dental screening, diagnosis, cleaning and care to underserved children in Nebraska. Started in 2001, Children's Dental Days is held twice a year. Over 6,000 children have been treated and over $3 million in free dental services have been provided. Learn more.
- Sealant Program
The Department of Dental Hygiene's Sealant Program offers sealants, fluoride varnish, exams, referrals and oral health education free of charge to children in second, third and sixth grades. Each year, 4,800 children are served and $4.5 million in services are provided in 20+ schools. Learn more.
- SHARING Clinics
SHARING Clinics (Student Health Alliance Reaching Indigent Needy Groups) are a UNMC outreach program. Dental SHARING Clinics are held to address the oral health needs of the underserved in Nebraska. Patients receive free dental care from student providers. Learn more.
- Teledentistry Program
College of Dentistry pediatric dental residents and faculty utilize telehealth to serve as a resource for school health professionals serving at-risk children within the Omaha Public School system. Learn more.
Our patient care partnerships include Clinic with a Heart, Charles Drew Health Center, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Nebraska Mission of Mercy and Special Olympics Special Smiles.
We partner with Nebraska schools and participate in many community health fairs to teach people of all ages about the importance of oral health. We also develop and execute oral health educational campaigns in partnership with local organizations.
Rural Nebraska Outreach
Oral health is vital for a person’s overall health. That’s why it’s so alarming that a 2016 report from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services found that of the 93 counties in Nebraska, 57 percent are designated as general dentist shortage areas. What’s more, 85 percent are designated as shortage areas for pediatric dentistry. The College of Dentistry is addressing these concerns head-on. Learn more.
For over thirty years, the College of Dentistry has been sending fourth-year dental students into established dental practices with a preceptor (a professional dentist who acts as a mentor and directs students in their practice) for firsthand experience in running a private practice. Learn more.