School of Dentistry holds 15th annual Clinic with a Heart
Al Ochoa, third- year dental student (left) and Matthew Murray, third-year dental student, provide oral sugery for a clinic patient.
Sunday, April 10, well before dawn, members of the community began gathering under tents near the Good Samaritan sculpture. They were on campus to attend the 15th annual Clinic with a Heart, a day of dental care provided at no cost to those in financial need.
Though patient registration did not begin until 6:30 a.m., individuals began arriving before 4:30 a.m., warmed by hot chocolate, tea, and apple cider that had been set up in front of the Good Samaritan sculpture.
This year, the School of Dentistry screened 115 adults and 26 pediatric patients. A total of $24,223 in dental care was provided at no cost to the patients.
Volunteers included 41 faculty, 52 staff, 250 dental and dental hygiene students, and 8 students and faculty from Baldyview Regional Occupational Program Dental Assisting School and Chaffey Junior College dental assisting program. Najwa Medina, director, campus catering, donated hot drinks for the patients and campus engineering donated chairs, tables, and tents. Dynette Hart, DrPH, RN, associate professor, School of Nursing, organized and supervised nursing students who took blood pressures during the prescreening. Staff from University housekeeping also provided assistance for the event.
Procter & Gamble (Crest) provided toothbrushes and toothpaste and funding for T-shirts for the volunteers. Each year a child in immediate need of care is selected, and the company provides funding for more extensive dental work to be completed.