OHSU Provides Outreach in Front of State Capitol

Salem Outreach

OHSU School of Dentistry continued its extensive reach into the communities of Oregon by traveling to Salem to provide oral care to teens living in uninsured and low-income families. Six dental students, supervised by pediatric dentistry department chair John Engle, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry `72, gave prophys to 21 young patients aboard the Medical Teams International mobile dental clinic.

“Some of our kids have never had a cleaning, and for some it’s been years,” said Melissa Reynaga, Community School Outreach Coordinator for West Salem High School. “We try to get the children access to free clinics, but it’s usually only possible when they already have two- to-three cavities and are in pain.”

The six dental students took turns rotating amongst the two dental chairs in the mobile dental clinic.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to do hands-on work,” said second-year dental student Junghee Kim, from Portland. 

Added Dr. Engle: “This is a neat way to address the access problem that children have for dental care.”

The dental school outreach was part of a larger OHSU contingent providing care and information at the Capitol to celebrate the School of Medicine’s 125th anniversary celebration.