UAMS looks at dentistry college 1st phase of LR clinic on track for fall opening, director says

By:  Tracie Dungan

Arkansas' medical school is actively exploring the possibility of adding residency programs for dentists and, ultimately, a college of dentistry, with an eye on improving the number and distribution of dentists in the state.

In September, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock established the Center for Dental Education, said Dr. Charles Cranford, a dentist and special assistant to the chancellor for dental education initiatives.

Cranford is director of the center, which is planning the expansion of dental education and training in Arkansas at a time when a growing body of evidence shows that poor dental care can significantly affect a person's overall health.

"We are on a track now to be able to open the first phase of our clinic in the fall," he said, referring to a dental clinic UAMS plans to open on its main Little Rock campus, possibly as early as Sept. 1.

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