May 2020 Volume LV Number 3


Member News

May 2020 Volume LV Number 3

Department of Pediatric Dentistry Partners with TeamSmile to Promote Healthy Smiles
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Student Recre- ation Center was bustling with volunteers, sponsors and program staff who came together on Feb. 5, for the city’s second TeamSmile event.
UAB School of Dentistry’s pediatric dentistry team joined former UAB football players for a program that capitalizes on the excitement and allure of high-profile sports to provide a life-changing dental experience to children in need. Held in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month, the event promoted the benefits of good oral health to children and their caregivers.
"Oral hygiene is one of the fundamental skills we can teach our chil- dren," said Kyounga Cheon, D.M.D., M.S., acting director of the Finn Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and event liaison.
All told, nearly 150 needy children from Birmingham schools were provided basic dental treatment and learned the value of a lifelong commitment to dental health through a brief educational program. The youth who participate in TeamSmile events are at high risk for dental disease, yet they have limited access to care.
Cheon added, "We were pleased to participate this year and to have the opportunity to share our expertise. Our faculty, residents and students had a rewarding time serving our community."
The program is sponsored by Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, Sarrell Dental and Eye Center and is led by the TeamSmile organization.
Total Care & Education Provided: $49,347
Dental & Preventative: $42,822 
Oral Health Education in Clinic: $6,480
Average Dental Care & Oral Health Education per patient visiting clinic $342

Member News
Dr. Reneida E. Reyes
Dr. Reneida E. Reyes was named recipient of Second District Dental Society’s Distinguished Service Award. This award is the Society’s most prestigious award and is periodically presented to a member of Second District Dental Society (SDDS) whose contributions to the Society and dentistry are truly outstanding. Created in 1977, it has been awarded on only 13 previ- ous occasions. Reyes has held every elected position in the society, moving up the ladder to its presidency in 1993, the first woman president of the society in its nearly 160-year history. She continues to serve on the Membership and Communications Committee and as an associate editor of the SDDS Bulletin.

Click here for a PDF version of this article.