Dental H.O.M.E. Coach at the

Day Of Care, Lancaster OH,

12/01/2012

 

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 faculty, residents, fellows, and staff from the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health provided screening and urgent treatment to underserved folks from the Lancaster, OH, area in conjunction with local advocacy groups. This is the second year we have participated in that event and the College of Dentistry is very well-received by the community there.

A final tally of services and photos of the participants are forthcoming, but residents and fellow performed pain relief through extractions for many adults on the Coach and screened dozens of children who also received fluoride varnish. Every patient was given some hope of further care with resources in the local and Columbus community.

All together we provided about $15,000 worth of dental services for free to 116 members of the community who do not have access to dental care. We saw 56 adults with 23 needing urgent treatment resulting in 40 extractions on the Coach. We also provided exam and fluoride varnish to 60 children including community children, Head Start and early Head start. Those needing more treatment were further assisted by helping them with local resources or referral to OSU/Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Many of the participants we helped had been living with chronic tooth pain and presented with tears. The gratitude that was expressed by so many was heartfelt and very rewarding.