October 19, 2007
Nearly 200 people in San Francisco now have the tools to improve their oral health, thanks to volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. More than 30 students, staff, faculty and alumni conducted dental screenings, provided free toothbrushes and toothpaste and talked to families about the connection between a healthy diet and healthy teeth during two community outreach events held Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.
During the Tenderloin Community Health and Safety Fair on Sept. 29, volunteers from Pacific's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program provided oral health screenings for 90 people. Students also talked about the importance of proper home care to more than 40 children in the Tenderloin community who don't regularly receive dental services.
"Many of the people we saw expressed a lack of access to dental care," said Sara Creighton, class of 2009 volunteer. "They were incredibly appreciative of our efforts to address all of their questions and concerns about their oral health."
Students, staff and alumni screened and offered dental education to more than 100 people during the Chinatown Community Health Fair on Oct. 6. Founded in 1995, the Chinatown Community Health Fair provides free health screenings and information to low-income, Asian immigrant families.
"The majority of the people who attend the Chinatown health fair do not have the resources to seek dental care," said Jan Fricke, Pacific's lead pediatric teaching dental assistant and event advisor. "This event gives us the opportunity to reach out to an entire community and provide a foundation for improved oral health."
Category Type: Community Outreach
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