UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Baez, Martha X

Dental School
Comprehensive Dentistry
(210) 567-3193

I am an Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Former Director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence Dentistry. I serve as Faculty Advisor and Sponsor to the Hispanic Dental Students Association. I maintain contact with pre-dental students, providing mentoring and shadowing opportunities in community settings. Bilingual English-Spanish proficiency is very important to properly communicate with Hispanic patients particularly those that are Spanish-speaking only. I serve as a translator and interpreter with professional knowledge in terminology used in research and health care, and cultural competence issues as related to oral health care which is definitive factor on utilization of oral health services as well as on health promotion and disease prevention efforts. I am former President of the Hispanic Dental Association, a national professional organization that aims to optimize oral health of Hispanic population in the USA. My main research interests are community-based studies with a primary focus on oral health promotion and dental disease prevention.
I have collaborated with international scientists on conducting total fluoride exposure studies including renal fluoride excretion and I have coauthored articles addressing this topic. In the USA I have worked towards factors associated with the influence of maternal acculturation on young childrens oral health. I have served as consultant to various professional organizations in the USA, Mexico, Romania, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Jamaica to addresses programs for combining academic and service efforts, particularly as related to organization of extramural preventive programs for dental students.

9/2010 - Present Associate Professor UT Health Science Center, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
9/2000 - Present Tenured UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX