School of Dentistry
“We want to get at these kids early from an educational standpoint and a prevention standpoint, because it’s a lot easier for us to prevent tooth decay than to treat it later,” said Dr. Tara Schafer, interim chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. That’s the goal of a School of Dentistry and Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, Inc. partnership. The school will provide dental screenings at the clubs, treatment in MCG’s clinics, educational activities with the children and their parents and a Junior Dental League to promote dentistry as a career.
Strength in Numbers “You can always do more in partnership than you can alone,” said Dean Connie Drisko. “The advantage of our partnerships with other organizations and foundations is we can expand our mission out from these four walls and reach out to the community. “The Boys & Girls Clubs partnership allows us to improve access to care for children who likely wouldn’t receive dental care any other way,” she said. “Other partners, such as the Branan Foundation and Hinman Society, provide the school with funding so that we can make this happen.” continued
Senior dental students Jeni Kong (left) and Christie McCarley (right) and dental assistant Beth Willard (center) screen children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta’s E.W. Hagler Unit Oct. 8. About 35 children were screened.
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