Students promote dental health at Memminger Elementary
Seven dental students who are members of the College of Dental
Medicine’s Student National Dental Association (SNDA) visited Memminger
Elementary School Feb. 24 to conduct science experiments and talk to
students about the value of good oral health and hygiene.
of SNDA visit with students at Memminger Elementary School to discuss
the value of good oral health and hygiene on Feb. 24.
Participating dental students included Rula Shalabi, Ike Davis,
Danielle Gill, Joe Vuthiganon, Sparkle Pompey, Gabrielle Cannick and
Elizabeth Sutton. Each student was grouped with students in grades 4
through 6. They performed a tooth decay experiment, which involved
dissolving some Tums anti-acid tablets in a cup of both vinegar and
water and noted the results. Students were very involved and asked
“Our dental students really enjoyed being involved and especially the
interaction with children. We already are planning to continue this
again for next year,” said Pompey, a fourth-year dental student and
Participating students received a bag that contained coloring and
dental care activity sheets, a list of “good” snacks, a toothbrush and
SNDA originated from concerned dental students at Meharry Medical
College in 1970, and was incorporated in 1972, more than 50 years after
its parent group, the National Dental Association, was founded. SNDA
was created to encourage and promote minority recruitment/retention of
dental students, finding ways to meet the dental health needs of
minority and underserved communities, as well as creating a
relationship between the SNDA members and MUSC’s chapter.
SNDA has evolved to become a helpful tool for minority dental students
in establishing and providing a network of communications among
students as a means of improving dental care among under-represented
individuals and communities.
Friday, March 13, 2009