By Vanessa Gutierrez, 2nd Year Community HealthCorps Navigator at LifeLong Medical Care
LifeLong Dental Care participated in Give Kids A Smile Day, a national program launched by the American Dental Association. The ADA Give Kids A Smile program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Staff members volunteer their time and services to provide screening, treatments and education to children throughout the United States.
In preparation for our busy dental day, Dr. Livingston, lead director of the event, spoke to the staff and gave words of encouragement and inspiration. She gave us enthusiasm for the day as she reminded us that we are touching people’s lives and providing them with valuable resources that in other words would not have been accessible. With that being said, we were able to see a total of 33 patients. The dental services provided ranged from cleanings, cavities, tooth extractions, sealants and oral hygiene education.
The Dental Assistant programs at Carrington and Heald College helped us out tremendously as their students were eager to gain experience in a community dental clinic. Our Community HealthCorps Navigators and Patient Service Advocates established a flow in the front office area that mainstreamed an effective and calm atmosphere throughout the clinic.
Families left happy, knowing that their child’s dental care was in the hands of passionate dentists. I, as a Community HealthCorps Navigator, see the need for dental care in the clinic that I serve in and was thrilled to be part of Give Kids A Smile Day. These events are very much needed and appreciated in the community. Being healthy starts at an early age and we should do what we can to make that plausible for our younger generations.
This event would not have been possible without the support of LifeLong Dental staff, Patient Services Department, Carrington College, Heald College, Community HealthCorps and Berkeley Dental Society DDS’s and RDA’s.