For a fourth straight year, the South Carolina Dental Association held its annual Dental Access Days (‘DAD’) event, a 2-day free dental clinic meant to provide dental care to the underserved.
This year over 1,600 patients from around the state were treated. The event was held in Columbia at the State Fairgrounds on August 17th and 18th.
MUSC faculty and students were among those who volunteered from around the state. Over fifty junior and senior dental students worked with faculty to provide care to those in need.
Dr. Mark Barry, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, says of the importance of the event for students: “Participating in Dental Access Days gives our students the opportunity to serve and provide dental care for those who are less fortunate. This is an extremely important part of their education.”
All patients who showed up for the event were treated. Services provided included fillings, extractions, root canals, cleanings and transitional partial dentures. By the end of the second day, approximately $700,000 of free care had been provided.