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Claude Denson Pepper Center for Oral Health in Aging

The Claude Denson Pepper Center for Oral Health in Aging is the nation’s first federally-funded research center devoted exclusively to investigating and refining ways to maintain and promote the oral health of the rapidly growing elderly population. The center was established at the University of Florida in 1988 and named to honor the memory of a Florida congressman who was a national advocate for senior citizens.

The Claude D. Pepper Center runs research programs on the epidemiology of oral health problems of aging and patterns of disease and use of dental services. The center is directed by Marc Heft, D.M.D., professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.