Dozens of Kids Get Free Oral Exams at Bayview Sunday Streets

UCSF Dentistry Residents Help to Improve Family Health

July 27, 2012

UCSF School of Dentistry residents performed free dental screenings for dozens of children during a sunny Bayview Opera House Sunday Streets last weekend.

As part of the Family Health and Wellness Fair, 21 residents conducted oral exams and applied fluoride varnishes for children on a walk-in basis. The five-hour event, done in partnership with the California State Assembly and San Francisco Board of Supervisors, drew a total of 89 kids. District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen brought her niece in for a screening.

Denti-Cal advisors also were on hand to educate families about oral health. Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases – five times more prevalent than asthma – and early detection is key to making sure children don’t lose a permanent tooth to decay.

The dental exams were part of UCSF’s public mission of “advancing health worldwide.” From free children’s health screenings to innovative partnerships attacking the roots of poor health care, UCSF is committed to serving its community on a local and global level.