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Pacific Provides Free Dental Treatment to San Francisco Homeless

December  06, 2007

Student dentist performs oral surgery for patientMore than 100 homeless San Franciscans received much-needed dental care thanks to volunteers from Pacific. Students and faculty provided free dental services during San Francisco's 19th Project Homeless Connect on Dec. 5.

For the first time, Project Homeless Connect transported its clients to the dental school's clinics in order to serve a large number of patients and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Students and faculty members performed oral surgery procedures for 30 Project Homeless Connect clients and provided nearly 20 patients with dental restorations. Dental school volunteers also offered preventive care to 109 homeless individuals at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

"This is the first time we were able to see patients in our dental clinics, so our students were able to see first- hand what it takes make an outreach program like this successful," said Saam Zarrabi, class of 2008 and student coordinator. "We're very proud of the treatment we were able to offer and look forward to continuing our participation in Project Homeless Connect."

Category Type: Community Outreach

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