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Dental School Provides Dental Treatment During Project Homeless Connect

Sarah Creighton, class of 2009, conducts a dental screening for a young mother during San Francisco’s 18th Project Homeless Connect at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Aug. 29.

September  05, 2007

Nearly 270 homeless people have a bigger reason to smile thanks to volunteers from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Pacific students and faculty provided free dental services during San Francisco's 18th Project Homeless Connect at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Aug. 29.

Using a mobile dental office provided by Onsite Dental and the facilities at the Tom Waddell Health Center, students and faculty members treated 68 people who needed cleanings, restorations and other emergent dental care. Pacific volunteers also conducted free dental screenings for 268 homeless people during the outreach effort.

"It was a wonderful experience and everyone involved did a great job of stepping up and providing a lasting service for a group of people who had been without oral health care for quite some time," said Dan Witcher, class of 2008. "The smiles we saw on the patients faces that day made all the work and effort that we put in more than worth it."

Dentistry is one of the top requested services by people who are homeless. In an effort to meet this need, Pacific formed a partnership to offer dental services during future Project Homeless Connect outreach programs.

"The results from the August Project Homeless Connect far exceeded our expectations," said Judith Klain, director for Project Homeless Connect. "We're looking forward to continuing our collaboration with the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry."

Category Type: Community Outreach

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