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Give Kids a Smile Day: Priceless Experience for All

Joslynn Ramirez is all smiles after being treated at UTSD's Give Kids a Smile Day.

Joslynn Ramirez was one of nearly 150 children treated free at Give Kids a Smile Day Feb. 8 at UT School of Dentistry. Photo by Dwight C. Andrews.

Nearly 150 youngsters received free dental care at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, thanks to more than 200 volunteers who pitched in for Give Kids a Smile Day on Feb. 8.

The annual event gives low-income or uninsured children access to much-needed dental care provided by senior dental and dental hygiene students under faculty supervision.

With financial support from the Susman Family Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston, UTSD provided treatments such as dental cleanings, fillings, extractions, sealants and stainless steel crowns. The estimated value of that care topped $71,000, said UTSD Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd. Read more

 

UTSD’s Vintage Articulator Collection Now Online

Dr. Ed Starcke (left) and Dr. Don Belles, in front of a collection of articulators in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

Dr. Edgar Starcke (left) and Dr. Donald Belles with a collection of articulators on display in the Department of Restorative Dentistry & Prosthodontics. The collection is also online. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

What started six decades ago as the quirky interest of a University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston professor has led to a one-of-a-kind historical dental resource, thanks to other faculty members who share the fascination for old dental instruments.

A collection of vintage dental articulators – some dating to the 19th century – has long been housed in UTSD’s Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Recently, the collection went online.

The collection of 62 articulators  – including photos, detailed descriptions and even links to patent information – is a unique resource for dental students, educators and historians, said Edgar Starcke, DDS, clinical professor. Read more

 

UTSD Students Promote Oral Health

UTSD students and faculty took dental hygiene to the "Be Fit for Life" Expo in January. From left are Erica Smith, Ashley Clements, Ashley Vaughters, Stephanie Webb,  Lyn Hunter, U.S. Rep. Al Green, Clinical Assistant Professor Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA; Ami Sanchez and Monique Arellano; top row from left are Hoa Lam and Ann Marie Seebalch.

UTSD students and faculty took dental hygiene to the "Be Fit for Life" Expo in January. From left are Erica Smith, Ashley Clements, Ashley Vaughters, Stephanie Webb,  Lyn Hunter, U.S. Rep. Al Green, Clinical Assistant Professor Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA; Ami Sanchez and Monique Arellano; top row from left are Hoa Lam and Ann Marie Seebalch.

Dental hygiene students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston provided oral health and hygiene lessons at two community health fairs in January.

At the “Be Fit For Life” Expo at Houston Baptist University on Jan. 26, local middle- and high-school youth were encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles. Nine dental hygiene students were on hand to give oral hygiene instructions. As part of the learning exercise, participants completed a crossword puzzle filled with fun facts about dental hygiene. The puzzle was created by UTSD students. Read more

 

Teen Clothes, Shoes Needed for HCPC

Sketch of blue jeans on a pile of clothes

New or gently used clothing for teens is needed for the Harris County Psychiatric Center.

The UTHealth Committee on the Status of Women will collect new and gently used clothing now through Friday, Feb. 22 to support teen patients at the UT Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC). Efforts will be focused on the needs of teenagers, but all donations will be accepted and appreciated.

At the School of Dentistry, leave donations in the Library and Learning Commons. UTSD’s representatives on the committee are Assistant Librarian Janet Peri, Ext. 4204, and Dr. Ana Neumann, Ext. 4261.             

HCPC serves adult mental health patients; teens under custody of Child Protective Services, the juvenile system and private care; and children of adult patients. HCPC typically serves about 7,000 patients per year, and many times these patients and their children are desperately in need of clothes and shoes.

Items needed include: Read more

 

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