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Dental School Provides Free Health Evaluations for Seniors

Tim Cross, class of 2010, takes a blood pressure reading for a Bay Area senior during the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s 14th annual Senior Smiles Health Fair in San Francisco.

May  05, 2008

More than 65 Bay Area seniors are on their way to better overall health, thanks to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Dugoni School's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) organization hosted its 14th annual Senior Smiles Health Fair on May 3. The event provided an opportunity for senior citizens to receive free dental screenings and health evaluations.

Student and faculty volunteers teamed up with the Community Health Resource Center, an affiliate of California Pacific Medical Center, to provide complimentary oral health and vision screenings, nutrition counseling, and blood pressure, bone density, glucose, hearing and cholesterol testing. In addition to free health screenings, the event offered an opportunity for Bay Area seniors to learn ways to enhance their oral health.

"Senior Smiles not only gives us the chance to help seniors improve their oral hygiene, but also provides them with some options that they may not be aware of," said Stephanie Hannon, class of 2009 and SCOPE president. "Many of the seniors who attended didn't know about dental implants, but were really interested in that option after talking to our volunteers."

Several neighborhood merchants also donated to the outreach effort by supplying complimentary refreshments for fair participants. Event contributors included: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Costco Wholesale, La Boulange Café and Bakery, La Méditerranée, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill and Noah's Bagels.

Category Type: Community Outreach

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