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Young Students Explore Dental Careers at Annual Dental Camp

February  14, 2012

Junior high and high school students from throughout Northern California recently gathered at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for Dental Camp, an annual program hosted by the Dugoni School and the California Dental Association (CDA).  Due to high demand for the program, the 2012 event increased its attendance capacity to nearly 80 young students, who spent the day of Feb. 11 immersed in hands-on dental activities.

Dental Camp Dugoni School

At Dental Camp attendees spent time in the Dugoni School's simulation laboratory and dental clinic learning how to restore and create models of teeth, as well as learning how dental professionals perform oral cancer screenings. Students were able to take molds of their own teeth, drill a cavity in a mock tooth and explore the school's labs and clinics.

Over 50 volunteer students from the Dugoni School's DDS, IDS and Dental Hygiene programs participated in the event and helped educate attendees about the importance of oral hygiene; potential careers in dentistry; and what life is like as a dental student. Faculty and staff members also gave up their Saturday to make sure the Dental Camp was a success.

"I was extremely happy with how many communities and young adults we were able to reach out to this year," commented Torri Keever, senior admissions advisor and Dental Camp program coordinator. "I believe these types of programs do make a difference."

In an effort to provide young students with information on dental careers and the benefits of being part of the dental profession, the CDA sponsors two dental camps each year. The Dugoni School's dental camp is held each winter. 

Category Type: Special Events

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