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If a combination of state and private funding goals can be met, the University of New England’s Portland campus may become home to a dental college. UNE’s plan has the support of Delta Dental, the largest dental insurance provider in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. If fully funded, UNE’s school would place third- and fourth-year students alongside established dentists to provide basic dental care to Maine’s underserved population. Maine reportedly has 47 practicing dentists per 100,000 residents, well below the national ratio of 60 dentists per 100,000 residents. UNE hopes its $5 million request can be added to a statewide bond package. Whether the request will be cemented in bond packages for a November vote, or extracted, remains unclear.