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, children from all over the Bay Area received dental care and oral health education free of charge. Strong representation from the 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.
These services would not have been possible without the generous donations of dental supplies from Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, GSK, Crest, Oral-B, and Colgate, among others. Additionally, a range of other health screenings and nutrition/lifestyle activities were provided by Schweitzer Fellows from Bay Area health professions programs, including UCSF Dentistry’s Jolie Goodman (D3) and Emily Wineland (D3).
The annual event continues to be a success, as 121 children from San Francisco and the surrounding areas received care. Services provided included: oral health screenings, prophylaxis/coronal polishing, sealant placement, and fluoride varnish.
This year’s coordinators worked hard to ensure that children not only received necessary dental care, but also took away oral health awareness and preventative care measures, all in a fun and engaging environment.
In addition to dental goodie bags, youngsters received toys and prizes for partaking in educational games. Perhaps a major highlight for kids were the balloon sculptures hand crafted by local balloon artists.
This event is crucial for many that attend, as a large proportion of the children suffer from early childhood decay, lack dental insurance, and many have never seen a dentist before. For those with children entering grade school, these services also satisfy the California mandated K-1 oral health assessment.
The UCSF California Public Health Association North Chapter (CPHA-N) hopes that the recipients of the services enjoy the event as much as we enjoy putting it on. Given the feedback received from parents, we are sure that this event was a success for all! When asked to reflect on the day parents rated the event as excellent.
One parent left a comment, stating "Thank you for making dentistry a fun day. My kids and I learned so much; please have this event every year!"
2013 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.