Our philosophy of care encompasses the early identification, prevention, and treatment of oral and craniofacial disease. San Antonio represents an enormous challenge, as we are located in an area of significant oral and general health disparity. We believe in educating our students and the community in the early identification, prevention, and treatment of disease.
Our researchers focus on pediatric oral health and orthodontics. We have programs in basic scientific research and clinical research. Our students and faculty collaborate with partners across the UT Health San Antonio, including the medical school, and with multiple hospitals in the greater San Antonio area.
Dr. Maria-Jose Cervantes Mendez
It’s required that you be a little funny, you be a little silly sometimes; it’s a different personality as a specialty. We’re advocates for kids.
Our Top Research Focus
Our science and clinical research programs include studies that examine applications of sealants to prevent cavities, the genetic regulation of bone cells, including changes during orthodontic treatment, and the development of new models that study the regulation of bone modeling.