Roseman Dental Students Visit Local Utah Elementary School

April 12, 2012

Students from the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) class at Roseman University’s College of Dental Medicine in South Jordan, Utah visited Riverside Elementary in West Jordan to talk to fifth graders about the importance of oral health.

The event was coordinated by students from Roseman’s dental Class of 2015.

Through events like this, Roseman dental students aim to promote excellence in dental education while addressing the need for dental educators and delivery of oral heath care to the public. They strive to encourage students to pursue careers in academics, participate in outreach programs, and promote oral health.

The visit to Riverside Elementary School was the first outreach event, but similar events to teach oral health in underserved schools will be an ongoing project. Riverside Elementary is a Title 1 school in the community.

This first event included 13 dental students who taught about 100 fifth graders about oral health, such as how to brush, how to floss, food that are good and bad for teeth, and why it is important to visit the dentist. Crest donated toothbrushes and toothpaste they could give to the elementary school students.

“We were thrilled that the elementary students were so involved and excited by what we had to teach them!” said Meredith Dugoni, who coordinated the project between the dental school and the elementary school. “We are excited to continue doing community education events in oral health care, and glad that the first one was such a huge success.”