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Dentistry in the Community

Dentistry in the Community : Smiles Across Pinal County : Clinical Education Outreach : Integrated Community Service Partnerships

Dentistry in the Community is an integral part of the curriculum for dental students at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). 

Dentistry in the Community focuses on second-, third-, and fourth-year student development. ATSU-ASDOH students are required to experience this comprehensive learning model to advance the practice of community dentistry. Students participate in hands-on community service-learning projects that include:

  • Unique collaborations with community organizations,
  • Oral screenings, referrals, fluoride varnish application, and comprehensive oral health education to patients, and
  • Leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of their community-based projects.

ATSU-ASDOH collaborates with more than 50 local community organizations to enrich communities and benefit underserved individuals. Organizations include schools; long-term care facilities; American Indian reservations; Women, Infants, and Children affiliate centers; Boys & Girls Club; Head Start programs; and several other non-profit and social service organizations.

Annually, ATSU-ASDOH students lead or participate in more than 65 community outreach events, serve more than 4,000 underserved individuals, and engage in more than 4,500 community service hours.

Contact:

Wayne Cottam, DMD, MS, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships