OHSU School of Dentistry students organize service events this winter

01/24/13  Portland, Ore.

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Part of the dental curriculum at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Dentistry is for students to understand and address the widening gap between the oral health insured and uninsured, as well as learning how to give back to the community. That’s why in February and March dental students are coordinating several events to highlight the importance of oral health care for children.

Give Kids a Smile day

9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1

OHSU School of Dentistry, Pre-doctoral Clinic, 611 S.W. Campus Drive, Portland

Up to 180 uninsured children from the Portland-area Boys and Girls Clubs who’ve been pre-screened for treatment will receive free oral care from third- and fourth-year dental students under the supervision of faculty, alumni, and pediatric dentistry residents. This is the 11th year OHSU School of Dentistry has sponsored Give Kids a Smile day, which is coordinated by senior dental students in conjunction with Multnomah Dental Society under the umbrella of the American Dental Association. Many of the Boys and Girls Clubs’ children rise before dawn for long-distance travel to the dental school because it is the one time each year they get to see a dentist.

Sealant Day

9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22

OHSU School of Dentistry, Dr. and Mrs. Carl Rietman Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, 611 S.W. Campus Drive, Portland

Fourth-year dental students and pediatric dentistry residents will provide free dental sealants to about 35 pre-screened Buckman Arts Elementary School second-graders. This is the 15th year the dental school has hosted children from Buckman, the majority of whom are uninsured. 

Celebration of Smiles

4 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 1 (free and open to the public); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2 ($9 per person and open to the public)

Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland

Celebration of Smiles is open to all children and families to highlight the importance of early and regular oral health care. Children can fish for tooth prizes, make tooth pillows, play tooth beanbag toss, and brush Wally Gator’s teeth, among other activities. The Tooth Fairy and Mr. Molarnator also will be on hand for photos and high-fives. Celebration of Smiles is a student-organized event, with sponsorship by OHSU School of Dentistry, Portland Children’s Museum, and local dental societies. Colgate is donating toothpaste.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only academic health and research university. As Portland's largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.