On Saturday, October 20th over 100 Midwestern students came together for ASDA’s annual event Give Kids a Smile. There were D2/D4 and D3/D3 pairs working together to provide care for the pediatric patients, and a new role in the treatment sequence was created for D2s to gain hands-on patient experience. In triage, D2s were able to screen patient’s oral health under faculty supervision before the patients were sent to patient care suites. This was my first-time screening for oral health with a mirror and explorer in a patient’s mouth, and it was a very humbling experience after working on Dexter for the past year.
There’s a certain playfulness and energy you have to exude when working with younger patients, and it took a while to find my voice. It was also a chance to practice directing a patient and communicating to faculty your findings using dental terminology. Mixed dentition letters and numbers can be tricky to the untrained eye! Overall, I was happy to participate in Give Kids a Smile—I was able to practice chairside manner and interact with pediatric patients and their families. I am unsure if I will specialize in pediatric dentistry, but I definitely enjoyed being a part of a team that give kids a smile.
-Regina Javier, Class of 2021 and ASDA Communications Secretary
Photography courtesy of Kook Sun Kim, Class of 2020 and ASDA Historian