MEDIA ADVISORY: UCSF Offers Dental Screenings for Kids at Sunday Streets

UC San Francisco will offer free dental screenings and health education as part of the City’s “Sunday Streets” in the Mission District this weekend, in conjunction with the UCSF chapters of the Student Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Hispanic Student Dental Association.

UCSF School of Dentistry residents will perform the screenings and apply fluoride varnish for children, with parental consent, to prevent cavities. They also will provide dental education for children and their parents/guardians, as well as referrals to the UCSF Pediatric Dentistry Clinic where appropriate. No appointment is necessary for the screenings.

Early detection is key to diagnosing potential tooth decay, which remains one of the most common diseases of childhood – five times as common as asthma.  By age 17, more than seven percent of children have lost a permanent tooth to decay, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

UCSF also will have a booth at the street fair for its Science Health & Education Partnership, which provides hands-on science lessons to nearly 90 percent of San Francisco public schools, their teachers and students.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

24th and Harrison Streets
San Francisco Mission District

Interview, Photo and Video Opportunities:

  • UCSF faculty and dental students
  • Individuals undergoing screenings, if consented by UCSF
  • Hands-on science projects at the UCSF SEP booth.

Media Contact:
Barbara Bagot-Lopez, UCSF University Relations, 415-476-8318. On the day of event, please call 415-260-1366.