Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
|Loma Linda University School of Dentistry|
|Dean||Dr. Charles J. Goodacre|
|Location||Loma Linda, CA, U.S.|
The Loma Linda University School of Dentistry is the dental school of Loma Linda University. It is located in the city of Loma Linda, California, United States. The school is one of several dental schools in the state of California.
The School offers the doctor of dental surgery degree and a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene as well as advanced education programs in anesthesia, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, and implant dentistry. In addition, an international dentist program educates dentists who have been trained in other countries to earn a DDS degree at Loma Linda University.
Situated approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles, Loma Linda is located in a valley facing the San Bernardino mountain range to the north and east.
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry exists today because a small number of Seventh-day Adventist dentists persisted in their conviction that dentistry in a Christian environment deserved a place in the healing ministry of their Church.
School of Dentistry faculty have involved student dentists in mission outreach programs since 1955, when Drs. Audrey Z. Nichola and Howard L. Marin each took two volunteer students on an adventure to serve the Navaho and Paiute Indians of Monument Valley, Utah. In 1958, James M. Crawford, a sophomore dental student, and Dr. Marin organized the School’s first large-scale mission trip to Chiapas, the southern-most state of Mexico. Since then, the School has provided literally millions of dental care services in local, regional, and international missionary clinics in mostly undeveloped areas. In harmony with the objectives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the School of Dentistry has trained health care personnel for more than 70 mission dental clinics around the world.