Sheryl Syme and three dental hygiene students in white coats standing by a banner for the University of Maryland School of DentistryAdvancing Oral Health. Improving Lives.

Good oral health is integral to general health and quality of life. We will achieve pre-eminence through excellence and innovation in education, patient care, research , public service, and global engagement.

The vision of the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, is to advance oral health to improve lives. through education, research and service related to health, with special emphasis on improving dental, oral and craniofacial health.

In support of this vision the Dental Hygiene Program educates future leaders in the profession. The Program provides continuing education for dental and dental hygiene professionals, conducts research relevant to dental hygiene education and practice, and disseminates this knowledge. The Program also provides high quality oral health care services to residents of Maryland and the region, and provides consultative and other services to governmental and private agencies, professional organizations and the community through the leadership and expertise of its faculty and contributions of its students. The Program endeavors to recruit, retain and develop high quality, productive faculty who accept responsibility for advancing knowledge in the field of dental hygiene. Faculty foster intellectualism and offer a professional education for dental hygiene students that embodies excellence and relevance. The faculty strives to prepare graduates who can provide dental hygiene services with competence in any setting in accordance with ethical codes of the profession and statutory provisions for dental hygiene practice.