Dental students provided oral health instruction at local schools in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Faculty and Students Provide Dental Services in Jamaica

Oct 19, 2012

Thirty-six students from Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students and five faculty members recently traveled to Jamaica to participate in an annual humanitarian dentistry trip. During the school's fall break, the group spent a week in the Jamaican town of Ocho Rios where they provided free dental care and education at local clinics and schools.

Over the course of the visit, hundreds of adults and children from the local area received oral health education and care. Screenings, restorative treatments and extractions were common procedures performed by the dental school volunteers at four different clinic sites. The volunteers also visited local schools to give young students instruction on proper oral hygiene and how to brush their teeth.

"We were able to help a lot of people who badly needed dental care during our trip," said Clint Taura '13. "This was a very rewarding experience and I feel that we made an impact on the lives of the patients we saw."

More than 40 dental school students and faculty members provided free dental care and education during the outreach trip to Jamaica.

Students and faculty brought their own dental instruments and educational tools to use throughout the week. Henry Schein also contributed to the success of the trip with a generous donation of supplies. The company made the donation through its global social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, which seeks to narrow the disparity in the delivery of healthcare services and information to underserved communities around the globe.

The Jamaica trip is coordinated with the help of Great Shape! Inc., a Jamaican nonprofit focused on humanitarian dentistry and vision care, as well as literacy empowerment. The dental school supports several international outreach trips each academic year, including trips to China and Fiji.