Community Engagement

Dental Hygiene Students Reach Out to Promote Good Oral Health

Their message: A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body
Pacific dental hygiene student community outreach

Pacific dental hygiene students have been participating in community events to promote good oral health.

Jul 6, 2012
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Student and faculty volunteers from the Dental Hygiene program have been busy participating in community health events throughout California's Central Valley. Volunteers recently took part in two opportunities to educate women and seniors about the importance of taking care of their oral health, and the impact that good oral health can have on overall health.

Each year, the San Joaquin County Office of Aging holds a Senior Awareness Day in Micke Grove Park in Lodi. This organization provides a network of programs that are designed to meet the needs of seniors and disabled adults regardless of income level. The May 31 event was the 34th annual free informational fair held for seniors, caregivers and families. Attendees enjoyed food booths, a wellness walk, health screenings, live entertainment, bingo, an antique car show and a parade. Dental hygiene students and faculty were on hand to answer hygiene questions and provide oral health information. They passed out more than 500 toothbrushes and toothpaste, and shared information about dental services offered at the Pacific Dental Care Clinic located on the University's campus in Stockton.

Earlier in the month, hygiene students participated in the 3rd Annual Women's Health Fair held on the Pacific campus and organized by the National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA) and the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The free fair offered screenings and services available to everyone, with a special emphasis placed on women's health issues in celebration of Mother's Day. Several hygiene students performed oral cancer exams as part of the event.

More information about dental hygiene and other oral health services at the Pacific Dental Care Clinic is available at http://dental.pacific.edu/Dental_Services. The clinic, located on campus at the Health Sciences Learning Center at 757 Brookside Road, is open to the public and all University employees and students. Appointments are available by calling (209) 946-7404.