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About Us

The UNC Claude A. Adams, Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams School of Dentistry is an internationally recognized leader in oral health education, patient care and medical research. Since 1950, we have been providing the highest caliber of education and clinical care to North Carolina and the world. Our mission is to transform dentistry for better health. We are committed to becoming the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery.

During these unprecedented times, our faculty, staff, students and residents have not only been leading through the crisis, they have been collaborating in new ways to tackle challenges we have not faced before.

Our clinical staff utilized our Ethylene Oxide sterilizer to sterilize 12,624 N95 masks for UNC Health front line employees. Since March, our oral health professionals have provided virtual care to nearly 2,000 patients via teledentistry and treated 905 dental emergencies and urgent care. Our researchers are collaborating with the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on collecting, processing and tracking COVID-19 samples.

While we do not know what the future holds, I have seen how our people will move the Adams School of Dentistry beyond excellence in an uncertain future with confidence and hope.

Thank you for your generous support of our people during these turbulent times. Our best days are yet to come.

The DDS Class of 1954 Fund

Many of our students are facing sincere financial hardship due to COVID-19. Please consider a gift to the DDS Class of 1954 Memorial Loan Fund. This fund was created by the DDS Class of 1954 to assist students facing hardship while in dental school. Gifts to this fund during GiveUNC will directly support impacted students.

Your support of our students who have been impacted by COVID-19 helps ensure they are well-equipped to passionately serve their community and their field this year and beyond.

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February, 2020 – Adams School of Dentistry predoctoral students providing care during Give Kids A Smile

Student National Dental Association Fund

The school’s SNDA chapter provides critical outreach to current dental students, and allows predental minority students to explore the field of dentistry.

Their hallmark programming initiative, the Impressions program, brings in predental students for mock interviews, presentations from financial aid and admissions, and practice sessions taking alginate impressions.

Other SNDA initiatives include Wax and Relax, where fourth-year dental students help first-year students prepare for their first dental anatomy practical, CV and resume building and more.

SNDA students also staff the free CAARE dental clinic in Durham, North Carolina, which provides urgent and preventative oral health care services.

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The Community Action Advocacy Restoration Empowerment (CAARE) free dental clinic increases access to quality urgent and preventative oral health care services, including oral hygiene instruction and disease prevention.

The clinic is staffed by dental students and faculty who provide treatment to underserved Durham patients on Tuesday evenings.

The clinic is supported entirely through donations, which allows the clinic to purchase supplies.

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Dental Inclusive Excellence Fund

This fund helps support inclusivity and equity initiatives for the school, including the DOCSpeaks program.

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