It is the mission of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry to provide the people of West Virginia with an oral health center for education, research and service activities: By providing predoctoral, postdoctoral and dental hygiene students in the School of Dentistry with a learning environment in which to develop the technical competence, intellectual capacity and professional responsibility for meeting the dental health needs of the people of the State as part of the total health care team. By providing the environment for active research programs in the behavioral, biological, clinical and educational aspects of dentistry. By promoting and contributing to the continuing professional development of all members of the dental health team by making continuing education readily available and applicable to the most current practices of dentistry at any given time. To contribute to and improve the dental health of all people, especially the citizens of West Virginia: By taking an active role in the dental health education of the people of West Virginia. By providing access to dental health care for the people of West Virginia through direct service clinics and through the education of students and practitioners in the dental management of population subsets with special needs. By providing assurance to the citizens of West Virginia that they will have access to adequate dental care through the training and appropriate distribution of professional manpower.