March 03, 2011
Students from school districts in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Merced, Modesto, Rohnert Park and other locales gained their first exposure to the career of dentistry during a hands-on dental camp held recently at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Pacific teamed up with the California Dental Association (CDA) to host the day-long event for junior high and high school students on Feb. 26.
During the camp, students spent time in the Dugoni School's simulation laboratory and dental clinic learning how to restore and create models of teeth, as well as how to perform oral cancer screenings. Students were able to take molds of their own teeth, drill a cavity in a mock tooth and explore the labs and clinics at the school.
Current Dugoni School of Dentistry students and faculty were on hand to teach the camp participants about the importance of oral hygiene as well as potential careers in dentistry.
"Dental Camp and other such programs can ignite the light in a young student's eyes as they consider their educational path now with a potential purpose and excitement," said Kathy Ward, a nurse from Everett Middle School in San Francisco, who brought seven students to the event. "We can talk about college and futures to our young students, but to offer them actual hands-on opportunities makes the entire college and career concept more real."
The CDA sponsors two dental camps each year in an effort to provide junior high students with information on dental careers and the benefits available in the dental profession. More than 30 students attended the camp at the Dugoni School.
Category Type: Special Events
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