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Student ADHA Members Volunteer for Ibn Sina Sealant Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:48am

Second-year dental hygiene student Arin Love enjoys teaching a future health professional how to brush.

Second-year dental hygiene student Arin Love enjoys teaching a future health professional how to brush.

Members of the student chapter of American Dental Hygienists Association from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston participated in Sealant Day earlier this month at an Ibn Sina Community Center. The event was organized by the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists' Society in partnership with the nonprofit Ibn Sina Foundation.

Adults and children were assessed for dental needs and given oral hygiene instructions. Local registered dental hygienists and two dentists volunteered their time to provide screenings and place the sealants.

The dental clinic was buzzing with activity, as children of different ages received instructions on brushing and flossing, with an opportunity to practice on dinosaur teeth. 

Ultradent donated material for 65 sealants, a gift worth more than $3,000 with in-kind value of services. 
Each child also received a bag with a new toothbrush, a flosser and a handout with games.  Colgate donated toothbrushes to give away. 

Chapter Advisor Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA, commended the students for a successful event. 
“We have a very active chapter, and we’ve been invited to community fairs and events year after year. We’ve volunteered for three community events this spring so far. We look forward to working with Ibn Sina again in the fall. ”

Dental hygiene students (from left) Ann Marie Seelbach and Erika Smith with faculty sponsor Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA, and Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Society President Malorie Okuhara, RDH, at Sealant Day at Ibn Sina Community Center in Houston.

Dental hygiene students (from left) Ann Marie Seelbach and Erika Smith, faculty sponsor Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA, and Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Society President Malorie Okuhara, RDH, at Ibn Sina Sealant Day.

The Ibn Sina Foundation was established in 2001 by a group of local physicians, business and health professionals. The vision was to bridge the growing gap between the health-care needs of a rapidly expanding population of undeserved families and the ability of existing public institutions to meet their needs. 

Named for 11th-century philosopher, scientist and healer Ibn Sina, the foundation’s mission is to ensure the health of the community by providing integrated, preventive and primary care in a clinical setting through the dissemination and application of health-related knowledge, thereby enhancing the quality of life for future generations.