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MSDA stays busy with sealants, screenings

The Muslim Student Dental Association sponsors its second dental health fair in just four months

Muslim Student Dental Association Dental Health Fair

D2 and D3 members of the college's Muslim Student Dental
Association offered free screenings, fluoride varnishes and
sealants to 45 patients, like this man, above, during the
group's Oct. 29 Dental Health Fair at Dar El-Eman Masjid and
Islamic Center in Arlington, Texas.

Photo courtesy Dr. Hoda Abdellatif

D3 Ameena Tekbali always makes it a point to talk to patients about flossing, so when she had a captive audience of five youngsters to soak in the instruction, she was thrilled.

“The kids were so cute, so good and so receptive,” Tekbali said of some recent patients at an Oct. 29 Dental Health Fair at Dar El-Eman Masjid and Islamic Center in Arlington, Texas.

“If I can get one child to floss, let alone a whole family, and have them be receptive, I appreciate that,” Tekbali says.

The family accounted for a handful of approximately 45 community members who received free screenings, sealants and fluoride varnishes that particular Saturday. The services were made possible by the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry chapter of the Muslim Student Dental Association, which Tekbali serves as president.

Several D2s and D3s volunteered that weekend morning, along with some predental students from the University of Texas at Dallas recruited by Leeanna Bartlett, assistant professor in public health sciences and director of social services. MSDA’s adviser Dr. Hoda Abdellatif, who is associate professor and director of predoctoral and clinical programs in public health sciences, and Dr. Shirley Miranda, assistant professor in public health sciences, volunteered with the students.

It’s not the first time the college’s student association has reached out to the metroplex community. In June, the students provided screenings, sealants and fluoride varnishes to approximately 60 children and adults at Madinah Masjid in Carrollton, Texas.

Over the past two years, the group has volunteered at the Islamic Center of Irving and at a Greenville Avenue refugee masjid, where members plan to return next semester.