College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Each year in June, we celebrate PRIDE with our local celebration held last Saturday. During the AIDS epidemic, PRIDE originally began as a expression of a community's commitment to one another in the face of great adversity. Whether it was being with someone you barely knew who was suffering alone in the hospital, looking after someone's cat after they had passed, or connecting friends and family to healthcare professionals who would have otherwise not have had access to tests or healthcare, a diverse and complex community came together to support one another. When you see rainbow flags and messages of PRIDE this month, it is an opportunity to reflect on the work of those still living and struggling and also to appreciate those who are no longer with us in the struggle. It is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to support one another with all of our diversity and complexity. This kind of community will make us all better people and help us become better clinicians, discovery researchers, students, and educators. Thank you for working to make our college that kind of community. As a proud Hawkeye, I know that's what we are striving to become. Cheers! ~Clark Stanford

PRIDE Flag flown near the Old Capitol building

Updates for June 23, 2023–June 29, 2023

Hongli Su

Dental materials researcher selected for OVPR award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) awarded Hongli Sun and his collaborators an Interdisciplinary Scholars grant for their project investigating a novel approach to orofacial cleft reconstruction.

Pre-dental Academy 2023 Participants

2023 IASDA Pre-Dental Summer Academy draws students from around the country

The 2023 IASDA Pre-Dental Summer Academy was a great success! Earlier this month, a group of students from all over the country came to Iowa to learn about dental school and the application process while gaining some hands-on experience simulating life as a dental student.

Steven Levy

Dental faculty member serves on expert community water fluoridation panel for Health Canada

Steven Levy, Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health, is part of a 6-person panel advising Health Canada on allowable water fluoride levels for public drinking water supplies. This re-assessment process  is similar to what is done periodically in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to reviewing the extensive scientific literature on effects of community water fluoridation and fluoride in general, Levy was in Ottawa, Canada, June 7-9, 2023 for the in-person expert panel meeting. Recommendations currently are being drafted and will be reviewed by additional experts, then open to public comment, and then finalized and disseminated. Levy also participated in the previous Health Canada reviewer expert panel in 2008 that resulted in the 2010 Health Canada “Guidelines for Canadian Dietary Water Quality” document on “Fluoride”.

Kecia Leary talking to Physician's Assistant students

Pediatric dentistry faculty speaks to Physician Assistant students

Incorporating oral health as a part of overall healthcare is a critical part of not only improving oral health but also healthcare more generally. The Department of Pediatric Dentistry has several initiatives collaborating with Carver College of Medicine to help medical students, residents, and physician assistants students to understand the importance of oral health to overall health. Kecia Leary, clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, recently worked with physician assistant students as part of these efforts.  


Spring Awards Banquet for Operative Dentistry

Operative Dentistry held their annual Spring Banquet on Tuesday, May 16 at Blackstone in Iowa City. The department presented awards to a number of students.

Ryan Moylan and Jamie Liu with Chris Barwacz and Sherry Timmons

2023 Senior Student Excellence Awards

Two fourth-year dental students, Ryan Moylan and Jamie Liu were selected for the first annual Senior Student Excellence Awards. Moylan received the Senior Student Excellence Award in Patient Care. This certificate is awarded to a senior dental student who contributed to a compassionate and professional environment for patients and staff. Liu received the Senior Student Excellence Award in Urgent Care. This certificate is awarded to a senior dental student who contributed to all aspects of patient needs by providing urgent dental care with diligence, thoroughness, and attention to detail.


Collaborative and Innovative Research

Sherigar SR, Feine JS, Cooper LF, Stanford CM, Barwacz CA, McGuire M, Abi-Nader S, de Souza RF. "Can patients detect peri-implant mucosal inflammation? Results from a multicentre randomized trial". J Dent. 2023 Jun 15:104592. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2023.104592. PMID: 37330036.
This study examined whether patients self-reported peri-implant soft tissue inflammation matched clinical assessment of such inflammation for three different types of implant-abutment interface designs. The randomized clinical trial that the team conducted identified differences between the three types of interface designs, which are reported in the study, but patients were unable to perceive these differences. This evidence suggests that follow-up care for such treatments are needed even when the patient does not perceive inflammation or bleeding, since patients are unable to properly detect inflammation that could have a larger effect if left untreated. 
Members of the Gay Liberation Front take part in the 1970 University of Iowa homecoming parade. From the 1971 University of Iowa yearbook.

Hawkeye trailblazers: Tracing Iowa's LGBTQ+ activism

Last year in Iowa magazine, members of the newly formed Hawkeye Pride Alumni Network reflected on the early days of LGBTQ+ activism in Iowa City. A discussion of this rich history, along with challenges that continued, was led by former UI Archivist David McCartney and Aiden Bettine, the former community and student life archivist at UI Libraries Special Collections and executive director of the LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library. The article traces the history of the pride movement at the University of Iowa.


August 4, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 10, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 25, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 30, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 15-16, Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend

September 8, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 22, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 5, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 13-14, IMOM, Waterloo Convention Center, Sullivan Brothers Plaza, 200 W Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA.

October 20, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 3, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 9, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 15, Virtual Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

Notes and Resources 

Filling Station Menu

M-R: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
CLOSED July 3-4
Hours beginning July 5: M-F: 7:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Shaoping Zhang, an assistant professor in periodontics, with Herky.

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