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AAPD Predoctoral Chapter Spotlight

The AAPD Louisiana State University School of Dentistry Student Chapter had a Great Year in 2014-2015

September 2015 Volume L Number 5

By Elizabeth Clay, Tommy Garitty and Whitney Walker 
 
Give Kids A Smile Day (GKAS) is an annual event held at LSUSD and is sponsored by the AAPD Student Chapter in partnership with the New Orleans Dental Association. The junior and senior dental students, hygiene students, pediatric dental residents, and faculty volunteer for this event. Children from local elementary schools visit the dental school to receive a screening and prophy. Children are sent home with information regarding their dental health in efforts to alert parents about necessary urgent care. Staff from the New Orleans Saints attend GKAS day as a part of the NFL Play 60 program to demonstrate the importance of exercise. This day of dental and outdoor fun was a huge success and will be a continued tradition for years to come. 
 
Members of our chapter also recently had the privilege of performing dental health screenings for nearly 80 athletes at the Baton Rouge site for Special Olympics, Special Smiles. Results from the exams were recorded, and those with unmet needs were referred to local dentists for further treatment. After the screenings, each athlete was given one-on-one oral hygiene instructions, nutritional counseling, and a custom made mouth guard. "Throughout the day, athletes and their families kept thanking us for our efforts. It was truly a humbling experience," said second-year dental student Maggie Laborde. 
 
Other events held throughout the year included participating in a Johnson and Johnson screening event, volunteering at Puentes Health Fair, and demonstrating oral hygiene instructions at the Expo in New Orleans. 
 
Our chapter recently elected new officers for the 2015?2016 school year. With an executive board consisting of president, vice president, secretary-treasurer and service chair, we also elected a class representative from each dental school class. With such a great group of officers, we are eager for the school year to start! We have many upcoming events, such as an interdisciplinary service project that involves the entire LSU Health Science Center to acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We also have an upcoming Health Fair outreach project, as well as planning this year's spring GKAS Day. Our student chapter is excited to make this year a great one and increase the opportunities for our members to get involved in pediatric dentistry. 
 

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