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2011 Free Sealant & Prophy Day

A young girl at the Nov. 5 Free Sealant & Prophy Day
practices toothbrushing techniques before sharing her
newfound knowledge with patients in the waiting room.

Photos by Steven Doll

Free Sealant and Prophy Day offers benefits to dental students and patients alike, with clinical exposure, chance to practice brushing skills

The Nov. 5 Asian-American Dental Society Free Sealant and Prophy Day didn't just offer dental students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge. Young patients joined the effort, enthusiastically showing proper brushing techniques with stuffed animals and supersized toothbrushes.

Much to D2 Charlene Garcia’s surprise, even patients in the waiting room got their fill of instruction.

“We had a stuffed animal with large teeth and a giant toothbrush. Two little girls sat and played with the toys and I taught them how to brush their teeth,” says Garcia, ADS president.

2011 Free Sealant & Prophy Day
Some patients traveled two hours to receive the free
services offered during Sealant and Prophy Day.

“Then they started showing those around the waiting room the proper way to brush their teeth using the stuffed animal,” she added. “It was really cute!”

Children between the ages of 6 and 14 made up the 101 patients who received free sealants and dental cleanings during the six-hour event in the college’s second floor pediatric dentistry clinic. ADS alumni and several dental companies donated all sealant materials, supplies and children’s gift bags.

ADS members accounted for half of the volunteers at the biannual event, but multiple groups from Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry and the surrounding community also pitched in to assist. Help was needed from TAMHSC-BCD’s dental hygiene students, pediatric residents, clinical faculty, dispensary staff, security and environmental services. ADS alumni, Dallas Asian Dental Association members, and predental and high school students also volunteered their time to make the event a success.

The benefits are twofold for dental student volunteers, says D2 Allie Lossing, one of the ADS community service chairs.

“This is a great opportunity to gain clinical experience and learn how their growing knowledge and skills can positively affect their community,” Lossing says. “It gives students early exposure to patients and encourages them to work hard during the preclinical portions of their study, because they can get a taste of the future benefits."