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A black and white photo of a dental hygienist working on a patient in a dental office.

Dental Hygiene—
A Century of Progress


Learn how the dental hygiene profession has developed over time and transformed public health over the last 100 years. 

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UM Dental School circa 1888

Student Reflections: A Retrospective of Dental Education

Discover engaging stories shared by U-M dental students about their experiences in this unique history of the nation's first public university based dental school. 

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Inside the Dental Practice 1860-1940

Inside the Dental Practice 1860-1940


Step back in time and see how dental offices and equipment evolved as technology advanced and revolutionized the profession.

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Over 15,000 objects have been collected and cataloged, and approximately 15% are on display in permanent and temporary exhibitions. Thirteen Museum exhibit cases, most located on the ground level of the Kellogg Building of the School of Dentistry, feature history of dentistry themes with emphasis on the United States and Michigan.

Visitors can view historical dental tools and equipment from the 18th century to modern times in chronologically arranged dental office settings. Also on view are artifacts featuring areas where the Museum has a substantial collection of oral hygiene products for the consumer, as well as equipment used by dentists including articulators, denture forming equipment, and dental X-ray technology

Additional themes in the exhibit line-up include: St. Apollonia, the Patron Saint of Dentistry; Remedy for the Toothless, with a 19th century story with a tragic ending about a denture making dentist using a patented process without a license the story of U-M alumnus, Dr. Willoughby Dayton Miller and his significant impact on the field of dentistry. Many visitors continue to enjoy the historic dental hygiene products, advertisements, and tooth brushes, most of which are on loan from alumnus, Dr. Ronald Berris.

Current Exhibits

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Archived Exhibits

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