In September 2022, a group of six D3 students (Joshua Finch, Emily Lear, Ben Raymond, Maggie Boyle, Jude Goodwin, and Joshua Halm) together with the help of the ASDA chapter of Roseman were able to make a considerable donation of dental supplies to a local homeless shelter, the Gail Miller Resource Center.
Utah’s homeless population has risen in recent years, particularly since the pandemic began and the cost of housing increased so drastically. Dozens of individuals who are experiencing homelessness and currently residing in this shelter received free dental hygiene kits from Roseman, which will last them through the end of the year. The Gail Miller Resource Center is a remarkable shelter in the South Salt Lake area which houses over 250 men and women, and provides them with three hot meals a day. The Center relies on donations from the community, predominantly the Catholic Community Services of Utah, for food donations. The Center also requires at least five community volunteers to serve each meal to those who reside there.
This D3 group from Roseman was able to make the hygiene kit donation, and volunteer several hours preparing and serving a hot meal to the residents of the Center. Overall it was an amazing experience for all who participated, and a great reminder that so often the most meaningful service opportunities can be performed in our very own communities.
By the time New Year’s Day comes around, exhaustion is an understandable feeling. Between parties, travel, work, kids’ events, and simply keeping up with daily life during this busy time of year, it’s no wonder that starting work on all those resolutions everybody else seems to be making is daunting.
Why not make a plan for a great new year now? As the holidays start to creep up, take some time to set 2023 up to be happy and healthy for your dental health:
Be mindful about beverages. This time of the year is full of drinks that can wreak havoc on the teeth. Sugary coffee drinks and mixed drinks are full of sugar. When sugar meets bacteria in the mouth, it turns into acid and eats away at tooth enamel, causing cavities. In addition, red wine and black coffee can lead to teeth stains. Drink plenty of water, choose low-sugar or sugar-free drinks when possible, and make sure to brush your teeth after getting home every night.
Choose tooth-friendly foods at holiday get-togethers. Holiday parties, especially potlucks, are full of snacks you might not encounter every day. Enjoy everything in moderation, but be wary of sticky caramels and toffee, along with sugary treats like cranberry sauce, milk or white chocolate, candy canes, and pie. Brushing after eating or snacking is essential to keep sugars in the mouth under control. In a pinch, rinsing with water gets the sugar and other leftover food out of the mouth, cutting bacteria off from causing any damage.
Plan for the new year now. If you’re interested in exploring how orthodontics could help straighten your smile, schedule an appointment with Roseman Dental & Orthodontics for an initial orthodontic consultation. There’s no age limit for orthodontic treatment! In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is over age 21. With prices up to 50% off other clinics, you can step into next year already saving money and feeling your best.
The Junior League Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair is an event organized and directed by the Junior League of Salt Lake City for families needing routine medical, dental, and vision services. This year’s CARE fair was held on Friday, July 29th, and Saturday, July 30th at the Horizonte Instruction and Learning Center in Salt Lake City.
On Saturday, July 30th, twenty-five dental students from the College of Dental Medicine (D2’s and D3’s) volunteered at the CARE fair from 8 am to 5 pm. Students provided dental exams, prophy, and fluoride for about 200 adults and children from lower socioeconomic groups. For each patient, students also determined if additional treatment may be needed. For those that needed additional treatment, Junior League provided vouchers in the amount of $150 or $500 at participating dental programs at the University of Utah, Fortis College, Utah Partners for Health, and Roseman University. For Saturday, Junior League provided vouchers totaling values over $17,000.
Overall, a total of 376 patients were seen in the dental clinic at the CARE fair this year, up from 296 in 2019, the last time the event was held.
- Junior League Project Group: Ashley Zhang, Nicole Hablitzel, Riley Savage, Fay Kotlyarenko, Tess Floyd, Shiva Naicker
- Additional Student Volunteers: David Gallardo, Scott Caine, Daniel Brohard, Chloe Federe, Ben Raymond, Lavinya Yap, Basima Abdelsalam, Tejasvi Singh, Kavina Patel, Lynn Kabbani, Diana Zhen, William Kay, Maddy Tucker, Jeffrey Toschi, Jody Chiang, Nisha Mody, Brooklyn Hansen, Sue Hill, Bao Thao