Community Outreach - School of Dentistry
Dental Clinics Provide Accessible Care
Through two clinics, nine outreach clinics, a mobile dental clinic and the school-based dental sealant program, UDM School of Dentistry (UDMSOD) offers dental health services and education throughout Michigan. In 2014-2015, services were provided to 18,571 patients for a total of 79,633 visits.
Dental Services at St. Vincent DePaul
UDMSOD and the UDM Chapter of American Student Dental Association, in collaboration with the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, support a free dental clinic at the Society’s location on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. Volunteer students and faculty provide free dental services to patients in need. In 2014-2015, the program was expanded from one to two Saturdays per month.
UDMSOD Students Team-Up with Detroit Lions for First Annual TeamSmile Event
In November 2014, the inaugural TeamSmile event took place in partnership with UDMSOD and Detroit Lions. More than 140 volunteers dedicated their day to providing treatment to the student body at New Paradigm Loving Academy in Detroit, a population of children who many have never seen a dentist. The event was initiated and led by three third-year UDMSOD students; TeamSmile enables dental professionals to reach a community in need, and to educate those children and their parents about the importance of oral health.
School of Dentistry Hosts “Give Kids a Smile Day”
In February 2015, UDMSOD provided free oral health care services to 42 children, ages 4-16, from low-income families at the Corktown Clinic. UDMSOD hosts this annual event, which gives volunteer fourth-year students under supervision of faculty, the opportunity to provide services to patients in need. All participants received a free oral health kit containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a big smile!
School of Dentistry Introduces Titans for Teeth Mobile Dental Clinic
UDMSOD has initiated a new mobile dental unit, Titans for Teeth Mobile Dental Clinic. The four-chair mobile coach with additional four portable chairs was funded by two Delta Dental Foundation grants. Under the supervision of licensed faculty, UDMSOD fourth-year dental students began providing oral health care to children in August 2015. As part of the UDMSOD School-Based Dental Services Program, dental students and faculty members travel to schools throughout metro Detroit to provide comprehensive diagnostic, preventive and restorative treatment to thousands of children of all ages.