College at NEOMED will help meet need for dentists in Ohio

Northeast Ohio Medical University has formally stepped up to help meet the growing need for dental care in Ohio.

More:Doctors donate $10 million toward new NEOMED dental school, university’s largest gift ever

Toothbrushes were both centerpiece decorations and gifts for guests to take home during a celebration announcing the name for Northeast Ohio Medical University's new dental school, the Bitonte College of Dentistry.

When NEOMED opens the Bitonte College of Dentistry in 2025, it will be the third dental college in Ohio, eventually graduating about 50 dentists annually.

Drs. Gary and David Bitonte gave the gift in memory of their parents, Dominic Bitonte, who was a dentist, and Helen Bitonte, who worked to educate school children about proper dental care.

David Bitonte said the two colleges of dentistry in Ohio — a public program at Ohio State University and a private program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland — graduate about 200 dentists each year.

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