Student Scene - Dec 08/Jan 09
The twice-annual event offers free cleanings and dental sealants to children ages 6 to 14. Nearly 100 children received care Nov. 8 in HSC-BCD’s pediatric dentistry clinic.
In all, 89 students volunteered at the event, including 68 dental students and 11 dental hygiene students. An additional 10 students came from predental clubs at the University of North Texas and Baylor University. Six faculty members, seven pediatric dentistry residents and two HSC-BCD alumni members also volunteered.
“It was such a warm fuzzy feeling to see our students from different classes, regardless of which student organizations they belonged to, who worked side by side and provided the best services to those young patients,” says Dr. Loulou Moore, associate professor in restorative sciences and ADS faculty adviser.
In fact, there were so many students who expressed interest in helping, organizers had to turn volunteers away.
Moore says the volunteers’ professionalism, willingness and commitment to give back – along with their “beautiful smiles” – greatly impacted the event and impressed the patients.
In addition to preventive dental care, children received a gift bag of coloring books, stickers, a toothbrush and toothpaste. More than half of them also were referred to the college’s clinics for further evaluation.
The gift bag items were donated by several dental companies, along with all materials used during the event. From the sealant materials to meals for volunteers, all supplies were provided for free.
The HSC-BCD Asian-American Dental Society is open to all health care professionals and students. Its purpose is to provide members with an opportunity to participate and deal with Asian-American oral health issues, stimulate interest and encourage the entry of Asian-Americans into oral health professions, promote Asian-American cultural awareness within the oral health care community, promote the oral health education of Asian-American communities, collaborate with other student associations and help students establish relationships with local health professionals.
The ADS’ 2008-2009 officers include:
- President: Derek Chang, D2 student
- Vice president: Annie Kwan, D2 student
- Treasurer: Christina Ky, D3 student
- Secretary/historian: Niyati Mehta, D2 student
- Social chairs: Jessica Lee and Dana Doan, D2 students
- Community service chairs: Scott Eckhart and Rudy Garza, D2 students
- Alumni representatives: Jung Shin, D4 student, and Kara Wong, D3 student
- D4 class representatives: Jung Shin and Hannah Nguyen
- D3 class representatives: Stephen Dao and Sherry Oung
- D2 class representatives: Derek Chang and Annie Kwan
- D1 class representatives: Jennifer Lee and Kevin Hua
The ADS faculty adviser is Dr. Loulou Moore, associate professor in restorative sciences.