Dentistry Residents Offer Free Screenings

By Nolan Feeney on April 01, 2013

At a Sunday Streets fair in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen called UCSF’s free dental screening for children "commitment in action."

""It's one thing for you to come to the clinic, and it's another thing for the clinic to come to you,"" Cohen said at the June event, which screened 88 children and was a partnership between the UCSF School of Dentistry, the California State Assembly and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Students, residents and faculty from UCSF checked for cavities, provided oral hygiene instruction and counseled parents about treatment. The event was just one of the School of Dentistry’s community outreach efforts to increase knowledge of and access to dental care.

"There are tons of residents that don't realize we exist,"" said Susan Poorsattar, DDS, a pediatric dentistry resident at UCSF. "It's our job to go into communities and educate them about what they have available."