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Keep your toothbrush from becoming a petri dish

September 27, 2022 - Did you know you should always replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick? Otherwise, you can reinfect yourself with the same germs. It’s also important to regularly change your toothbrush every two months. Read more about your dental health.

School mourns Dr. Philip Worthington, longtime chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

August 15, 2022 - Dr. Philip Worthington, who led the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) to new heights and garnered worldwide acclaim during his two-decade tenure as department chair, died on Aug. 13 in Kirkland, Wash. He was 93. Read more about Dr. Worthington.

School maintains high global ranking in latest survey

July 21, 2022 - The UW School of Dentistry ranks seventh in the world among dental schools in the 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by ShanghaiRanking, Read more about Shanghai Ranking.

Dr. Marwan Fattouhi named Wands Fellow

July 20, 2022 - Dr. Marwan Fattouhi, a second-year resident, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics at the UW School of Dentistry.
Read more about Dr. Marwan Fattouhi.

UW names Dr. André Ritter new dean of dental school

June 30, 2022 - Dr. André Ritter of the New York University College of Dentistry has been appointed as the new dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, UW Provost Mark Richards announced Thursday. The appointment takes effect Sept. 16, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents. Read more about New Dean.

School announces new research leadership roles

June 16, 2022 - Dr. Doug Ramsay, Associate Dean for Research and Chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences, will step down from both roles to take a sabbatical, spurring other leadership changes related to the School of Dentistry’s research mission. Read more about new leadership roles.

School makes changes to leadership team

May 18, 2022 - The School of Dentistry has revamped its executive leadership team, appointing one new associate dean and moving another into a new role, Dean Gary Chiodo has announced. Read more about Leadership Changes.

UW student receives leadership award named for pioneering dental educator

May 18, 2022 - Awa Seck, a fourth-year School of Dentistry student, has received one of the inaugural Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford Student Leadership Awards. Read more about Student Leadership Awards.

Dr. Philip Walczak named Magnuson Scholar

May 18, 2022 - Dr. Philip Walczak, a first-year PhD candidate in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been named the school’s Magnuson Scholar for 2022-23. Read more about Magnuson Scholar.

School continues strong showing in global rankings

April 24, 2022 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry continues to maintain a strong position in the global dental school rankings issued by Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS), a British educational institution. Read more about dental school ratings.

New acid-detecting tool can predict cavities

March 17, 2022 - In a new study, School of Dentistry and other University of Washington researchers have developed a tool that can measure acidity levels of plaque on teeth, which can predict dental caries, or tooth decay. Read more about tool to predict cavities.

Research takes spotlight at school’s annual event

February 16, 2022 - Dr. Rachel Kehr and Deborah Lee took first place in the Graduate Student Research Competition and Dental Student Research Competition respectively at this year’s School of Dentistry virtual Research Day. Read more about Research Day 2022.

Social and behavioral scientists join forces for oral health

January 20, 2022 - A large group of behavioral and social scientists, led by Dr. Cameron L. Randall of the University of Washington and Dr. Daniel W. McNeil of West Virginia University, are on a mission to throw the combined weight of their disciplines behind the effort to improve oral health globally. Read more about Oral Health.

The art of orthodontics: Dental students’ sculptures show their creative side

January 10, 2022 - As they have done since 1966, first-year residents in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics created wire sculptures for the department’s annual exhibition. Read more about Wire Sculptures.

Dr. Thomas Dodson named editor of oral surgery journal

December 28, 2021 - The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS) has named Dr. Thomas Dodson as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective Jan. 1.  Read more about Dr. Thomas Dodson.

Dental hygiene challenge grant campaign hits target

December 27, 2021 - Buoyed by a flurry of December donations, the School of Dentistry’s campaign to match a challenge grant to support the Shoreline Community College dental hygiene program at its new UW home has reached its goal, officials have announced. Read more about Hygiene Program.

Staff member Chelsea Stone to be honored during Martin Luther King Jr. tribute

December 15, 2021 - Chelsea Stone from the Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity has been selected as the UW School of Dentistry's recipient of the 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. Read more about Chelsea Stone.

Dr. Travis Nelson named chair of Pediatric Dentistry

November 24, 2021 - The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. Travis Nelson to be chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry, the school has announced. Read more about Dr. Travis Nelson.

Dean adds fund-raising twist to dental hygiene campaign: a grant within a grant

November 19, 2021 - Dean Gary Chiodo of the University of Washington School of Dentistry has come up with a novel fund-raising twist to support dental hygiene training at the school: a challenge grant within a challenge grant. Read more about dental hygiene campaign.

School to co-host virtual global conference on ethics

November 4, 2021 - An international conference on ethics, co-hosted by the UW School of Dentistry, will discuss issues in medicine and related fields, including clinical trials and animal experiments, on Nov. 13-14. Read more about ethics conference.

A message from our dean

November 3, 2021 - For decades, the University of Washington School of Dentistry has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading centers of dental education, oral health research, and patient care. In fact, it is recognized as one of the best in the world. Read more about Dr. Gary Chiodo.

Former dean wins ADA Gold Medal for research

October 14, 2021 - Dr. Martha Somerman, who was dean of the School of Dentistry from 2002 to 2011, has become the first woman to win the American Dental Association’s Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research. Read more about Dr. Martha Somerman.

Dean Chiodo announces plans to step down

September 24, 2021 - Citing health-related reasons, Dean Gary Chiodo has announced his intention to resign next year. Dean Chiodo, who came to the School of Dentistry a little more than three years ago, will continue to lead the school for the next 12 months as a national search begins for a new dean, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards said. Read more about Dean Chiodo.

UW researchers reveal new aspects of gum disease and body’s protective response

July 6, 2021 - A team led by University of Washington researchers has, for the first time, identified and classified how different people respond to the accumulation of dental plaque, the sticky biofilm that gathers on teeth. Read more about dental plaque study.

Once again, school’s commencement has different look

June 16, 2021 - Although substantial progress has been made in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the University of Washington had to rule out live graduation exercises and other large gatherings this month. However, the School of Dentistry, as it did last year, came up with a creative solution. Read more about Graduation Ceremony.