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School of Dental Medicine News

As the only accredited dental school in Nevada, the School of Dental medicine provides world-class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents. With eight academic degree and advanced education certificate programs, students obtain the necessary skills to provide oral healthcare services to the community and make significant impacts to the field.

Current Dental Medicine News

Adrianne Snipes holding a small recycling bin inside a clinical lab
People |

The supervisor for the Clinical Simulation Center prioritizes flexibility for students in the School of Dental Medicine.

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People |

Dr. Eileen Huynh helped a patient receive expensive dental treatments — and a path for a needed kidney transplant.

Dr. Ovunc Bardakcioglu (left), associate professor and chief of colorectal surgery, and class of 2025 medical student Jessica Fields during a robotic surgery simulation training.
Business and Community |

The development of a UNLV Academic Health Center will provide high-value quality care for the community, a source of economic diversity for our economy, and cutting-edge research.

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Campus News |

Pet Partners of Las Vegas and UNLV Libraries celebrate 10 years of therapy dog visits to campus.

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

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People |

The combination of art and science inspired the two-time alumna to pursue dentistry; the unwavering faith of her mentors encouraged her to return as an instructor.

Dental Medicine In The News


UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a multi-year partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), LVMPD Foundation, and Fighting for The Future Foundation to establish a youth mentoring initiative in conjunction with select schools throughout Las Vegas.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

The University of Nevada Las Vegas’ School of Dental Medicine is changing lives one smile at a time by providing affordable dental care to the Las Vegas community. Residents who have no insurance and need dental care can get it at the university for a fraction of the price.

Nevada Independent

While the UNLV School of Dental Medicine continues to work with the state on innovative funding approaches to support rural communities, more state-funded grants and scholarships could go a long way.


You already know candy can cause cavities, but this unsuspecting culprit may surprise you.

Nevada Independent

Patients lined up in parked cars a day before the clinic opened to reserve a spot. Many were there for dental or vision services not covered by insurance.

Pahrump Valley Times

Medical care is imperative to overall health and well-being but for many, it can also be cost-prohibitive. Fortunately for the residents of Pahrump and the surrounding communities, Remote Area Medical has offered access to free health care services each year since 2016 and this year, hundreds took advantage of the opportunity.

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Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

Jeffrey Ebersole and  Linh Nguyen (both Dental) co-authored “Transcriptomic features of programmed and inflammatory cell death in gingival tissues,” which published April 16 in the journal Oral Diseases. The study used an experimental periodontitis model to detail the gingival transcriptome related to cell death processes of pyroptosis,…
Katherine Howard, Kate Hendricks, Tyler Hatch, and Karl Kingsley (all Dental) published their manuscript, "Screening for Selenomonas noxia in a Pediatric and Adolescent Patient Population Reveals Differential Oral Prevalence across Age Groups," in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 
Dr. James Mah (Dental) co-authored “Biomechanics of clear aligner therapy: Assessing the influence of tooth position and flat trimline height in translational movements,” which was published online April 29 in the journal Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research. Despite the popularity of clear aligner orthodontic treatments, many aspects…
Dr. Sonal Shah (Dental) accepted an invitation to serve as a seminar speaker during the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology annual meeting where she presented two challenging patient cases of oral manifestations of genetic and systemic diseases. Shah also co-presented an abstract as a poster during the American Academy of Oral…
Katherine Howard, Austin Williams, Karl Kingsley, and Jace Porter (all Dental) published their manuscript "Higher Prevalence of the Periodontal Pathogen Selenomonas noxia among Pediatric and Adult Patients May Be Associated with Overweight and Obesity" in the journal MDPI Pathogens.
Tina Brandon Abbatangelo, Nancy Nguyen, Rachel Kim, Christina Demopoulos (all Dental Medicine) along with Timothy Grigsby (Public Health), Kavita Batra (Medicine) presented their study, "Investigating e-cigarette use perceptions among dental students: A cross-sectional study," at the Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference on April 17,…