On Saturday, November 14, the dental hygiene program in partnership with the Massachusetts Dental Society provided free dental services to approximately 50 underprivileged children. The dental hygiene second year class provided all preventative services and the volunteers from MDS provided exams, restorative and extractions. “We saw ages 1.5 to age 17. Some were returners from last year,” says Jacyn Stultz, Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene
“This is an all-day event. It takes hours and hours of planning and organization. The faculty and staff who attended did so as volunteers.
The Class of 2016 along with Jacyn had opportunities to work with special needs children in wheelchairs and discuss all aspects of dental health with the parents. “It was a great learning experience for the students,” Jacyn says.
“Our waiting room was “FILLED” with babies, toddlers children and adolescence. We had a balloon lady and a face painter. The first year students volunteers in costume as the tooth fairy, tooth brush and tooth paste. They colored dental pictures with the children as they waited to be examined. It was ‘quite the scene.’”