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Welcome to Preventive & Community Dentistry!


Our department serves Iowans through our activities in teaching, research, patient care, and professional service. We do this by preparing future and current dentists to understand and recognize:

  • conditions that psychologically, medically or physically compromise dental patients
  • societal, ethical and cultural values, community influences, and political systems and trends that affect dental behavior and dental practice
  • principles of preventive dentistry as applied to individual patients, population groups, and communities
  • particular considerations with respect to preventing and treating oral disease among Geriatric patients or those with Special Needs