By EJ Abasolo (D3) and Jolie Goodman (D3), Give Kids a Smile Day 2014 Coordinators
Despite the rain, it was all smiles at UCSF Dentistry’s jungle-themed Give Kids a Smile Day 2014.
Through the efforts of our volunteers, which included student dentists, pre-dental students, faculty, and staff, more than 120 children from all over the Bay Area received dental care and oral health education free of charge. Strong representation from UCSF Dentistry's Division of Pediatric Dentistry was critical to the event’s success, as residents, faculty, and alumni helped student providers perform exams, formulate treatment plans, and provide care throughout the day.
Dental supplies were generously donated by Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, GSK, Crest, Oral-B, and Colgate, and others. Health screenings and nutrition/lifestyle activities were provided by Schweitzer Fellows from Bay Area health professions programs, including UCSF Dentistry’s Jolie Goodman and Emily Wineland (D3). Services provided included: oral health screenings, prophylaxis/coronal polishing, sealant placement, and fluoride varnish.
Oral health information and preventative care measures were dispensed in a fun and engaging environment, along with dental goodie bags, toys, prizes for partaking in educational games, and balloon sculptures.
The annual event is crucial for many of those who attend, as a large number of participating children are affected by both early childhood decay and a lack of dental insurance, so many have never seen a dentist before. As they enter grade school, the services provided on Give Kids a Smile Day satisfy the State of California-mandated K-1 oral health assessment.
One parent's comment: "Thank you for making dentistry part of a fun day -- my kids and I learned so much. Please have this event every year!"
2014 Give Kids A Smile Day Statistics
- Total Student Volunteers (dental and pre-dental students): 135 volunteers
- Total Staff/Faculty Volunteers: 27 volunteers
Total Children Attended: 121
- Prophylaxis/Coronal Polishing: 95
- Total Sealants Placed: 108
- Fluoride Varnish Applications: 77
- 2-5 years: 25%
- 6-12 years: 60%
- 13-17 years: 15%
- None: 56%
- DentiCal/MediCal: 21%
- Private Insurance/Other: 23%
- Asian: 43%
- Caucasian: 16%
- Hispanic/Latin: 33%
- African American: 6%
- Other: 2%
Languages Spoken at Home:
- 38% speak English at home
- 27% speak Spanish at home
- 31% speak Chinese at home
- 4% speak another language at home
Statistics provided by Give Kids a Smile Day Coordinators EJ Abasolo and Jolie Goodman. Photographs by Chris Taehyun Kim, D3 (above), and EJ Abasolo (below).
Above: Give Kids a Smile Day 2014 Coordinators, left to right: Michael Hong (D3), Cindy Huynh (D3), Jolie Goodman (D3), JJ Jelmini (D2), Alexa Navasero (D3), Melissa Milder (D1), Eric Brown (D2), EJ Abasolo (D3), Zarah Ahmed (D3), Jean Marie Calvo (D2), Triet Vuong (D3), Chris Taehyun Kim (D3); below: Iveta Markova (D4) providing care in the jungle-themed clinic.