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About the School of Dental Medicine

Community and Preventive Dentistry Program

The following represents a few of the highlights from the annual Community and Preventive Dentistry calendar:


Give Kids A Smile Day

2016 Give Kids a Smile Day

SIU SDM Provides More than $63,000 in Free Care During Give Kids A Smile Day

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine provided free comprehensive dental care, valued at $63,514, to more than 125 children during its 11th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day, held Monday, Oct. 10. View a video of the event here.

Dental students, faculty and other local professionals volunteered their time and combined their efforts to offer the care, including x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions.

“I made sure I marked my calendar, and had my g...



National Children’s Dental Health Month - February

SIU School of Dental Medicine Celebrates Children’s Dental Health Month

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine (SDM) is placing special emphasis on community outreach to a young audience throughout February for National Children’s Dental Health Month.

The SDM has invited elementary students from area schools to campus to learn about oral health from third year dental students.

“This is a practical application of what we learn in class — oral health,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, professor and director of community ...


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Madison County Oral Health Education Program

Our students are actively engaged in outreach activities including providing oral health promotion at elementary, middle and high schools in Madison County. As part of the Clinical Community Dentistry course, Year III and IV students work in teams, which generally consist of 2 students. Each team is assigned to classes at a Madison County elementary school, middle school and high school. Student teams conduct a needs assessment at each school, after meeting with school administrators and the school nurse. They then make age-appropriate oral health presentations to each class in elementary and middle schools twice per semester and to high school classes once per semester.

As the dental students graduate from year III to year IV, they move with the public school students; i.e., if they were assigned to grade 3 in their Year III, they move to grade 4 in their year IV. At the end of year IV, students write a service-learning paper describing their experiences at public schools and the impact they have made on the students.

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Oral screenings and oral health education in the community

Another component of the Clinical Community Dentistry program involves student participation in oral screenings and oral health education in our community. Year III and Year IV students actively participate in local health fairs and provide oral cancer screenings at various venues, including sites in East St. Louis and Senior Services Plus locations. Students make oral health presentations to mothers in a local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, parents of kids in the Riverbend Head Start Program, and provide screenings and education to the children at the Madison County Youth Detention Home.

Special Needs Patient Care

Year III students get didactic instruction and clinical experience in special needs patient management and/or care. Each student’s clinical experience consists of rotations through our Special needs Clinic and another off-site experience. We provide screenings at the William Bedell Centers for children and adults every year. We also provide screenings for the athletes at the Area 12 Special Olympics games in Edwardsville every year. In addition, our students work at a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities- Beverly Farms, under Dr. Scott Wolter's supervision.

Geriatric Dentistry

Year IV students receive didactic instruction and clinical experience in managing elderly patients living independently in the community as well as those in assisted living institutions or nursing homes. Our students provide annual screenings for the residents of our local nursing home- Eunice Smith. Each student also provides in-service training to our local nursing home staff and a presentation on a relevant topic to elderly people in our community.

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