MUSC’s College of Dental Medicine Strong Supporter of Dental Access Days (DAD)
This year, the adult dental Medicaid program was eliminated, leaving thousands of people without even basic care such as emergency tooth extractions.
In collaboration with the SC Dental Association, for a third year in a row, faculty, residents, and students from MUSC’s College of Dental Medicine stepped in to help many people in need, with the latest event in Florence, SC.
The free clinic offered extractions, fillings, root canal treatment, limited anterior tooth replacement and cleanings utilizing 110 portable dental units. Services were offered on a first-come, first served basis from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 6 a.m. until the late afternoon on Saturday.
Dr. John Sanders, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine said, “I was really proud of the students, they just kept working. We started each day at 5:30 in the morning.We took half the 3rd year and half the 4th year students as well as students enrolled in our Advanced Education in General Dentistry program and their director.We also had at least 8 faculty members.On Saturday we had our endodontic residents come up as well as volunteers from the other classes. I was again thrilled that many of our former students that participated in the past came back and volunteered as dentists.”
During the two days, the SCDA and our students, faculty and other volunteers provided over one million dollars in dental treatment to the 1700 patients that were there.
In addition, Dean Sanders said that they were able to identify several people with high blood pressure that needed immediate referral.
“This is really a mission trip,” 2011 DAD Chairman, Dr. Ed Parker said, “People go all over the world to do this sort of thing, but the need is here, too.”