UCSF School of Dentistry students and faculty volunteers, including Drs Daniel Ramos and Benjamin Chaffee, offered free adult and children’s dental screenings at the Cesar Chavez Festival on 24th Street in San Francisco's Mission District on Saturday, April 12, from 12 noon to 5 pm, where they were joined by San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos, who offered words of thanks and encouragement.
Volunteer Lilly Padilla (D3) observed: "The day was a great success, and the community welcomed us and they were very grateful we were there. We notice that a majority of people we see at such events still lack oral health education, and for that reason it's crucial for us to be present and proactive in our community."
Added Padilla, with extra enthusiasm, "I can't wait to do it again!! Thanks to all the faculty and volunteers who were present at the event!"
The UCSF Dentistry volunteers performed screenings and applied fluoride varnishes to prevent cavities, also providing free dental education and referrals to the UCSF Dental Center.
By the numbers
- Total number of patients seen: 76
- Children: 60
- Adults: 16
- Number of patients who received fluoride varnish: 71
- Class I - Continue with regular checkups: 29 children, 8 adults
- Class II - See a dentist, treatment is indicated: 8 children, 4 adults
- Class III - See dentist as soon as possible, severe dental problems: 3 children, 0 adults
NOTE: Class level was left blank for 24 patients. The number of cavities for adults and children cannot be determined without x-rays, which were not used at the event.
The event was co-sponsored by UCSF Dentistry's Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) and the California Public Health Association-North (CPHA-N), and was organized in collaboration with UCSF Dentistry faculty Dr. Daniel Ramos.
Top, left to right: San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos, with UCSF Dentistry volunteers Lilly Padilla (D3), Purnima Sheoran (ID3), Manpreet Mangat (ID3), José-Julio Hernández-Blouin (D2), Dr. Benjamin Chaffee, and Michele Davis, Assistant Director, UCSF Community Relations; bottom: Dr. Daniel Ramos (right) gives two young festival-goers an oral health tutorial.