Dental Hygiene

Laurie Sarkinen

The United States celebrates National Dental Hygiene month in October, honoring the dental hygienists who care for our teeth and promote healthy habits throughout our lives. At the School of Dentistry, we are proud to educate learners who are prepared intellectually, technically and ethically to meet the oral health care needs and challenges of the future.

HPV Vaccine

A proposed study by two School of Dentistry researchers has received a $127,000, two-year grant to study hesitancy and willingness to provide HPV vaccinations among dental providers.

Second-year White Coat Ceremony

The School of Dentistry’s second-year learners experienced a rite of passage into the profession last week, after a pandemic-induced delay.

The DDS Class of 2024, Dental Therapy class of 2023 and Dental Hygiene class of 2022 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony on Friday, September 24. Typically celebrated at the beginning of a cohort’s education, this ceremony was postponed last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The School chose to hold the ceremony at a later date in order to recognize students in person and maintain the ritual and symbolism of the ceremony.

Cynthia L. Stull, RDH, MDH, DHSc

Cyndee Stull, RDH, MDH, DHSc, has been appointed as the Division Director and Program Director for Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Sheila Riggs, DDS, DMSc, chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care announced Monday, September 13.

“I am confident that Dr. Stull’s leadership and vision will continue to advance the quality, reputation and impact of our Division of Dental Hygiene,” Riggs expressed in an announcement to faculty and staff.

2021 White Coat Ceremony

The School of Dentistry celebrated 105 DDS learners, 21 Dental Hygiene learners and 7 Dental Therapy learners at their White Coat Ceremony last week, marking their official entrance into the dental profession.

First celebrated in 1989 at the University of Chicago, the White Coat Ceremony marks the moment in which each clinical learner is bestowed with their first white coat, recognizing the professionalism and patient-centered care expected of the wearer.

2021 Orientation

Last week, 133 new students made their debut on the University of Minnesota’s campus to attend orientation for their respective programs. The incoming class of 2021 consists of 105 DDS, 21 Dental Hygiene, and seven Dental Therapy students who participated in a hybrid orientation program.

The students began their first day on campus, at the Health Sciences Education Center, where they received a warm welcome from Dean Keith A. Mays, DDS, MS, PhD.

Dental Hygiene awards

On Thursday, July 22, the Dental Hygiene class of 2021 gathered for a senior banquet to recognize and celebrate the graduates and to present fifteen awards. These awards honored students for their academic achievement, community involvement, leadership skills, and more.

Kendall Bast, RDH, BSDH and Alyssa Olson, MSDH

Two Dental Hygiene alumnae received the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s prestigious Sigma Phi Alpha Excellence in Journalism awards, the organization announced in June.

Lesley Tuomi, RDH, BSDH and Patricia Angela Rake, DDS

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Distinguished Dental and Dental Hygiene Alumni Awards.

Patricia Angela Rake, DDS ’97, is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award, and Lesley Tuomi, RDH, BSDH ‘09, is the Dental Hygiene Alumni Award recipient.