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Museum Program Teaches Girl Scouts Healthy Habits

Standing inches from an enormous set of teeth, Samantha Elliott didn't flinch. Instead, she reached for a giant piece of floss. Elliott and a group of her fellow Brownie scouts learned proper flossing techniques, as well as other important oral health information, as part of the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry's Mouth Power for Girl Scouts program on March 29. Read more.

Find your smile at the National Museum of Dentistry!

On Site
See amazing teeth feats, marvel at George Washington's choppers (find out if they were ever made of wood), sing along to vintage toothpaste commercials and discover fascinating exhibitions that encourage good oral health habits and celebrate the heritage and future of dentistry.


Find out how to have a healthy smile online at Created by the National Museum of Dentistry in partnership with the American Dental Association, this entertaining and educational web experience helps children explore how to brush and floss, make healthy food choices and steer clear of the pitfalls of tobacco. The site is available in English and Spanish.


Across the Country
Visit traveling exhibitions created by the National Museum of Dentistry at children's and science museums nationwide.These engaging exhibitions have reached more than 2 million people in 32 cities and 21 states,

National Museum of Dentistry: New Operating Plan

The operations of the National Museum of Dentistry have been merged with the University of Maryland School of Dentistry as of Nov. 30, 2012.

The museum’s exhibit portfolio will be maintained and tours will be given by appointment. This new operational plan is necessary in order to make the museum financially viable.

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry is committed to maintaining the National Museum of Dentistry and supporting its mission to preserve the history of the profession. The school is dedicated to honoring the intent of every museum donor.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

inspiring visitors of all ages to keep their smiles bright and healthy.


The National Museum of Dentistry inspires people to make healthy choices about oral health by creating and sharing learning opportunities that celebrate the heritage and future of dentistry, the achievements of dental professionals and the importance of oral health in a healthy life.

Through our mission, we are committed to:

  • Providing the public, especially children, with access to information about oral health
  • Serving the dental profession as the leading repository of dental history through our collections, archives and expertise
  • Developing exhibitions and programs that engage audiences in learning about oral health