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Pediatric Dentistry Staff Offer Free Oral Health Screenings to San Francisco Children

October  14, 2008

Volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry are teaming up with the San Francisco Department of Public Health Dental Division to provide free dental screenings and oral health education to preschool children throughout San Francisco.

Registered dental assistants and staff from the Dugoni School's Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dentistry Clinic will offer dental screenings and oral hygiene instruction to infants and children, ages six months to five years old, at the Frandelja Enrichment Center on Oct. 20 and at the Tenderloin Childcare Center on Oct. 27. Screenings are not open to the public.

Janet Fricke, CDA, RDA and lead teaching dental instructor, said the project is an opportunity to help children and their families build good oral health habits at an early age.

"We can't stress enough how important it is that every child see a dentist and establish a permanent dental home by their first birthday," Fricke said. "Early education and intervention can help prevent future dental decay."

In September, Dugoni School volunteers also provided services at the Rainbow Preschool and Infant Care Center and the Chinatown Community Health Center in San Francisco. More than 100 children received oral health screenings, dental hygiene instruction and complimentary toothbrushes.

For more information about our pediatric outreach projects or to schedule an appointment at the dental school's Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, please call 415.929.6550.

Category Type: Community Outreach

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu