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Dental Hygiene Students Teach at Local Health Fairs

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:40pm

Dental hygiene students James Sun, Angela Wan and Tan Ngo participated in a health fair at Ridgecrest Elementary School.

Dental hygiene students James Sun, Angela Wan and Tan Ngo participated in a health fair at Ridgecrest Elementary School. They are pictured with "Dr. Health E. Hound."

Dental hygiene students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston have been going out into the community to teach oral health and share information about the School of Dentistry’s services. 

On April 3, dental hygiene students An-Chih “Angela” Wan, Tan Ngo and James Sun took part in a health fair at Ridgecrest Elementary School in Spring Branch ISD, and in March, first-year dental hygiene students Denise Murray, Heather Ellis and Skyler Jones attended the Second Annual Family First Health Fair at Booker T. Washington High School.

At Ridgecrest Elementary's health fair, the goal was to educate families about health resources. Eleven organizations participated, with about 50 attendees. The UTSD students demonstrated proper brushing and flossing techniques, answered questions about oral
health, and used flip charts and brochures to teach parents and children the importance of brushing twice a day for two minutes. 

Some of the attendees had been patients at UTSD, and many others were interested in becoming patients, so the students described the school’s services and steps for becoming patients and distributed referral cards, educational materials and oral hygiene kits.

From left:  Dental hygiene students Skyler Jones, Heather Ellis and Denise Murray used teaching tools to show proper brushing.

From left:  Dental hygiene students Skyler Jones, Heather Ellis and Denise Murray used teaching tools to show proper brushing at the Family First Health Fair.

At the Family First Health Fair in March, dental hygiene students Denise Murray, Heather Ellis and Skyler Jones joined with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s North Harris County Chapter to provide health-related services to more than 300 attendees. The dental hygiene students provided oral hygiene instructions and demonstrated proper brushing and flossing techniques using typodonts (artificial teeth).

All attendees went home with oral hygiene kits and educational materials.