Award-winning volunteer work.
Subject: Dental associations (Achievements and awards)
Pub Date: 07/01/2012
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: July-August, 2012 Source Volume: 81 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8623000 Dental Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 303225267
Full Text: At the 62nd Annual meeting of the North Carolina Dental Assistants Association (NCDAA), the Durham--Orange Dental Assisting Society (DODAS) received the NCDAA Volunteerism Award. This award is sponsored by Carolyn Newman and presented to a local society or active member for recognition of volunteer service in the local, state or international community to underserved populations for clinical, educational or monetary support.

These society members have been very busy! According to Susen Darst, spokesperson for the society, their members and students at each monthly meeting brought non--perishable food and donated over 90 pounds to the Orange County Food Pantry. During the Christmas holidays, they donated $250 to "Smile Train" to fund a life changing lip/deft palate surgery: They also brought new, unwrapped toys to the society's Christmas Party and filled a five-foot-tall Santa Sack which was donated to "Toys for Tots."

They ended their volunteer work celebrating Children's Dental Health Month. The members of DODAS and students from University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill began the project last fall by soliciting toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, brochures, coloring books and bags from area dentists. After their educational meeting in January, they then put the bags together--in all they had 180 "oral health goody bags" to help celebrate Children's Dental Health Month.

This year they gathered at University of North Carolina's Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill on Saturday; February 4, 2012. After lots of planning and preparation, they were allowed to visit children, parents, and siblings in the hospital and the playroom. They took puppets and big toothbrushes to demonstrate proper brushing techniques and provided dental education. While the children were in the playroom, they colored in coloring books and crayons that DODAS brought. Everyone then received a goodie bag stocked with the dental essentials.

There were seven students from UNC and four members from DODAS who participated. They all felt that they gained much from the experience and felt good about what they could do for the community and for those in need this year. This is a great way that dental assisting can be of service to the community!
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