JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – In this week’s Cool Schools, we take a look at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) School of Dentistry where students are preparing for a fast-paced, competitive field to help improve oral health in Mississippi.

Assistant Professor Firas Mourad is teaching these seniors how to make dentures.

“Our program is one of the strongest programs across the nation,” said Mourad.

Second-year students are enrolled in a dental class and see patients in the same year.

“Usually in the majority of all the other schools across the nation, they usually see patients when they’re in the third year,” said Mourad.

A report ranked Mississippi last in dental wellness.

“We absolutely work hard to decrease this number here in the state of Mississippi,” Mourad said.

Last semester, Mourad said they were able to successfully deliver more than 40 dentures within one month.