University of Central Lancashire

Improving local oral health

The University of Central Lancashire's School of Dentistry, which opened 10 years ago, is having a big impact on the local community.

One of only two new dental schools to be created in England for over 100 years, its students have treated more than 23,000 patients during their training, and the school has produced 251 new dentists who have expanded the region’s dental workforce considerably.

The students gain their experience in local community Dental Education Centres rather than city centre hospitals.

These centres were established in areas of high need and poor oral health where access to NHS dentistry was limited, in part owing to difficulties in attracting qualified dentists to the area.

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