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Dental Home Day

September 2016 Volume LI Number 5

Dental Home Day Twin Bill Provides Care for Over 200 Kids

Thanks to 50 volunteers, the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA), the Ricardo Salinas Pediatric Dental Clinic, and Sunstar Americas, 203 San Antonio children now have Dental Homes.

This year’s Dental Home Day was held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, to help the underserved children of San Antonio receive needed dental care. It was held in two locations: UTHSCSA dental clinic and the Salinas Pediatric Dental Clinic, an HSHC multi-year grantee.

While residents provided dental care, volunteers provided children activities, dental assisting, educational aspects and overall support. "We’re so grateful again for the generous support of Dental Home Day for a fourth year," said HSHC President Dr. Ned Savide. "Thank you to all the volunteers and residents who brought smiles to San Antonio."

Throughout the day, children received examinations, cleanings and treatments for any presenting problems. Those requiring more extensive care were scheduled for recall appointments and, by the end of the day, two-thirds of the Dental Home Day kids were scheduled for follow up visits. HSHC is providing the UTHSCSA a $25,000 Access to Care Grant to continue to provide care to Dental Home Day children.

"Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children’s mission is to provide a Dental Home to children that would otherwise not receive dental care. These are children that don’t have access to a dentist or simply their parents cannot afford to have them be able to receive dental care," former HSHC Trustee Dr. Courtney Alexander.

"It’s always about the kids. To see these beautiful young children get here, know- ing you’re providing a service for them, knowing that you have a chance to impact their lives, and to see everyone gather in that spirit of helping—that’s what it is all about," said AAPD Immediate Past President Dr. Robert Delarosa.

Dental Home Day at AAPD 2017 will take place in Washington, D.C., on May 24, 2017. To learn more about Dental Home Day and how to become involved please con- tact Kelly Katona at (312) 337-2169 or kkatona@aapd.org.

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