School of Dental Medicine

Oral care during COVID-19

Experts from the School of Dental Medicine share tips on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums even when a trip to the dentist isn’t in the cards for the time being and what to expect as restrictions are lifted.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Providing care from a distance

Telemedicine is a critical tool in the COVID-19 epidemic. Clinicians at the medical, dental, and veterinary schools are making use of virtual encounters to keep providing patients with safe, timely, quality care.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


Self Magazine

The 11 best at-home teeth-whitening kits, according to dentists

Dean Mark S. Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine offered advice to those looking to whiten their teeth using at-home kits.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

What’s up with my bad mask breath?

Mark S. Wolff of the School of Dental medicine explained why mask-wearers are suddenly smelling of their own bad breath. “The mask doesn’t make us have bad breath,” he said. “It makes us more conscious that we have bad breath.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Coronavirus myth: Mouthwash can reduce the spread

Dean Mark S. Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine debunked the idea that mouthwash can prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. “The virus doesn’t just sit inside the mouth, so [that] if we swish it will be dead,” he said. “A chemical in the mouth is not getting into the nasal cavity or the lungs.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Dental school grads find it hard to beat back student debt

Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine said dental school tuition has increased because dentistry, in general, has gotten more expensive. “You used to get the X-rays in your mouth taken with film, put inside your mouth. Today, we put sensors inside the mouth, capture it directly into the computer,” he said. “Film used to cost a few dollars a pack. That sensor is a $7,000 sensor.”

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Philadelphia Tribune

New program aims to expand oral health care for those with disabilities

Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine spoke about the school’s efforts to better equip providers to care for patients with disabilities.

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